Low Back Pain is a Breath of Fresh Air!

Low Back Pain is a Breath of Fresh Air!

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions experienced by people from all walks of life. Often referred to medically as “non-specific low back pain” due to the amount of different presentations, low back pain can be a result of a number of different issues – from muscle strain to disc prolapse! Despite the common use of the term “non-specific”, low back pain always has a root cause. For lasting relief, you and your therapist should work to find this cause rather than simply treat the symptoms. There can be many many different triggers to back pain. We have seen everything from an ankle sprain, to shin muscles to a dental implant affect the muscles of the low back! How do we know for sure? This short video below along with your medical history outlines how we find EXACTLY what is causing your pain!

Relief from low back pain – The ProSport Physiotherapy Huddersfield Way!

 The inner core

At ProSport Physiotherapy Huddersfield we often look towards your core and breathing patterns when assessing your pain. Pain in the back does not necessarily indicate an injury to the back. The problem can (and often is) located in the front of the body. One of the most important core muscles – the transverse abdominis (TVA) is often inhibited in low back pain.

This muscle is the deepest of the abdominal muscles and when activated it acts like a deep natural corset for the internal organs and the lumbar spine.When it is NOT working correctly (as is often the case in low back pain) the core isn’t stable during movements of the arms and legs. Other muscles in your back have to pick up the slack, and they just aren’t as good at the job! Get your TVAs working and the pressure is taken off the other muscles, resulting in less pain for you.


Although the TVA is an important muscle this does not mean you should pull your belly button to the spine when lifting or doing every single exercise! This is a big mistake and a misinterpretation of the evidence which has resulted in some very unsuccessful internet exercises been based upon unfortunately! We have devised far more useful ways to get this muscle working the way it is suppose to work in everyday life in a subconscious manner i.e working in the background while you do not have to think about it working!

Don’t hold your breath though!

Similarly to the TVAs, another important muscle often overlooked in core stability is the diaphragm. Often only considered as a muscle of respiration, more and more research is highlighting the importance of the diaphragm in core stability. Strange as it may sound, most of us don’t breathe correctly! Two of the most common breathing patterns we see in the clinic are “chest breathers” who mostly use the accessory muscles in the neck to assist inspiration and “straight belly breathers” who only partly expand their diaphragm into the abdominal cavity. In an ideal diaphragm contraction the entire diaphragm pushes downwards into the abdominal cavity which can be observed by expansion of the lower ribcage and abdominal wall in all directions. This is ‘true’ core stability.


Take a moment to place your hands around your midriff, making sure you have contact at the front, sides and back. As you breathe normally you should feel all points of contact move away from you. If you don’t – you aren’t breathing properly and hence the true ‘core’ muscles cannot work correctly! If you have never learned to breathe correctly then you have not tried everything to eliminate your back pain!

If you have longstanding back pain that you are struggling to shrug off for a while, let us find the real reason it keeps coming back and address it! Call us now to book an appointment on 07003 400 543 or book online now by clicking HERE.



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