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Back Pain and Physiotherapy

Back pain is unfortunately a very common condition, ask anyone you know, and most will tell you that they had experienced it at least once in their lives. Some may still have their chronic back pain.

Back pain can vary from a slight ache to moderate to severe pain. 

Most people recover quickly from their back pain episodes, if it is quickly managed and with professionals. This article explains how physiotherapy helps with back pain.

firstly, What is back pain?

Back pain is categorized as a ‘musculoskeletal disorder’ (MSD) whereby conditions such as neck pain, hand pains and other repetitive strain injuries (RSI), now known collectively updated and known as Work Relevant Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD).

Musculoskeletal disorders are a very big cause of people/workers not gong to work.

Physiotherapy very extreme effective for treating musculoskeletal disorders (here at Phoenix Rehab, that's what we specialize in: management and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck pains etc).

In one study, an average 80 percent (that is 8 out of 10) of people who had physiotherapy for their MSD were able to return to work and even have less hospitalization or light duty leave.

Back pain has multiple and range of causes, from the simple "I pulled my back picking up a remote/coin" to the complex "I sit 10 hours a day with 2-4 screens" to "I've 3 young children"; it ranges and depends.

However, it is rarely caused by serious health conditions.

How can physiotherapy help with back pain?

Studies and thousands of patients in our clinics have shown that physiotherapy works really well to help patients with back pain decrease pain and go back to life and work.

Most of the time, if you get back pain and you see an experienced and skilled back and neck physio, you may speed up your recovery time and cut your pain time by quite a lot.

An experienced physio will assess you in depth to understand and find out if you have any serious health issues that may be linked to your back pain, then they will do a few mechanical and even neural tests to understand your back pain before looking at ways to help you specifically prevent recurring back pains.

Physiotherapists have a range of modalities and treatments are have been research and clinically proven to be effective for back pain - these include manual therapy, acupuncture, dry needling, deep tissue management, soft tissue gliding etc.

Your physio will also teach, guide and show you the exact exercises that you need to do as well as specific pain relieving techniques as well.

What will happen when I see a physiotherapist for my back pain?

Generally when you see a physio for your back pain, they will assess your pain, ascertain the causes of it, treat you and then give some advice. Everything you tell your physio will of course be entirely private and confidential.

For your physio to understand your back aches and pains, they will need to be able to take a good look at your spine; need to be able to access and feel your spine's muscles/joints/bones/soft tissue; they may also need you to remove some of your clothes.

That's why for your physio sessions, you're advised to dress loosely/comfortably and wear suitable underwear.

If i have back pain, How can I help myself?

We're sorry you have back aches and pains - it's painful and inconvenient.

There are a few things that you can do to help yourself with your back pain. Firstly, try your best, as much as you can, to continue to participate in your usual works and activities, to keep your joints, muscles moving as normal as you can.

Also, there are back specific exercises that can reduce your back pain and help to prevent your pains from recurring/returning - the RIGHT sort of back specific exercise, taught by a trained physiotherapist, can help a lot.

Back pain studies show that back pain may return (or stay for long term) if it's unmanaged (means to ignore it) or poorly managed.

One needs to consider long term lifestyle changes such as increasing activity levels, improving posture, improving core strength etc

Top tips for back pain

  1. Moving, exercise and continuing to be active are one of the most important ways of helping yourself if you have back pain - you've got to keep moving and continue with activities such as walking or swimming
  2. Paracetamol or similar pain-killers, taken as advised by your GP or physio, can help you keep moving with less pain and more comfort
  3. One should avoid sitting for too long when driving or at work (unless your work is largely sitting down, then schedule regular stretch and walk breaks)
  4. Regularly and gently stretch to prevent stiffness
  5. Be very careful and take care when lifting: bend your hips and knees to use the power in your legs
  6. Once in a while, check your posture when you're using computers/games or watching television
  7. Check the mattress on your bed to ensure it supports you properly (not too soft, not too hard, but must be JUST nice).
  8. Please don’t smoke – smoking impairs your circulation by destroying capillaries, which affects how quickly your body can recover. The slower your recovery rate, the slower you recovery from pains and diseases.
  9. Strengthen your trunk and core muscles as they both form your internal body pillar and they may help to protect your back
  10. Make sure your car seat and office chair are adjusted correctly and support your back - check out sitting ergonomics
  11. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, as being overweight can be a cause and aggravator of back pain

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Phoenix Rehab Singapore Core Services And Specializations

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations and custom made hand splints.


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.



Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired , tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and shorten downtime. It also helps prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and future ruptures), and increases muscle performance. When done regularly it will keeps your muscles and you healthy and fit and have body/movement-confidence.


Having a dedicated personal trainer/personal training helps you get faster and better health, fitness and wellness results.

You can expect better fat loss and muscle gain, have reduced risks of injury, establish effective exercise and health habits as well as overcome those annoying "flatline plateus" to breakthrough to your next level of fitness and weight loss.

All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here by location and specialization.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session. 

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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We do not rely on advertising - instead, we prefer and appreciate the goodwill and positive reinforcement from patients. When you have the opportunity, please take the time to tell your family, friends and physicians about the positive results and experience you have had in our clinic.

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