Treat Yourself: Back Pain

Low back pain can refer to the upper back, abdomen, hips, down the legs and into the foot. Some of the pain comes from muscular trigger points which can easily be treated by physical therapists. Other pain comes from nerve irritation. If you notice numbness, tingling or an onset of weakness in the legs or feet, please see a physical therapist to assess your symptoms. If your pain is accompanied by the loss of bowel or bladder control, please seek emergency care immediately.

Statistics show that 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, it is not something to be ignored. At TruMove, we are here to help alleviate low back pain and hopefully prevent future injury through movement-based exercises.


While sources of low back pain vary, there are causes that seem to be more prevalent than others. Among these are poor posture, repetitive activities (lifting, bending, carrying, sitting down), prolonged positions (driving, office/desk work, standing, sitting), and sudden trauma (falls, sports injuries, car accidents).


25% of people in the U.S. report that they have experienced low back pain within the last 3 months. Symptoms may include stiffness when trying to move, a feeling of being stuck in a position (stooped forward), difficulty getting out of a chair or bed, and may even lead to muscle spasms. The pain may be dull, burning or sharp and can be felt from a single point of origin or in a broad band across the back.


Exercise has been linked to a 35% reduction in the risk for low back pain. Stay active and continue normal activities if possible—bed rest can slow down recovery. Maintain good body positioning at work, home, and during leisure activities. Use proper body mechanics when lifting, keeping the load close to your body. Ask for help before lifting heavy objects. Keep moving—consistent physical activity will improve your fitness level and emotional state of mind, keeping you healthier and happier.