What You Absolutely Need to Know About Back Pain (and How You Can Get Rid of Yours)

June 1, 2019

In this post I am going to share the secret to back pain that you may have been overlooking, and yes, there is a secret.


Human beings are a complex combination of mind, body, and soul. Just like these, your physical body needs to be cared for in a similar holistic mindset. One of ProActive’s key approaches to treating pain with physical therapy is to look at all of our patients as people who have bodies who are experiencing pain; you’re not just a shoulder experiencing pain. It is imperative that your PT focuses on the big picture, who their patient is as an individual, and their daily routines in order to treat the body as a whole.


When patients walk through the door with back pain, we will not just slap on some ice, heat, or suction cup you until you’re “better.” Here’s the secret: you won’t be better. The old cliche of not being able to fix a bullet wound with a band-aid is a good metaphor here. Sure, we can get you feeling better for a few hours or even for a day only using manual modalities, but that’s not going to heal you. We need to look at how our patients' bodies are moving in order to treat what is causing their pain, not just treating th