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Back Pain & Sciatica Relief

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year. Eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever”. – Lance Armstrong

Alternative approaches in the treatment of low back or sciatic pain, that do not involve drugs or invasive surgical procedures, are gaining in popularity. Increasingly, alternative and complementary approaches are found to be more effective and efficient, as compared to ‘traditional’ medical or rehabilitative programs. At some point in time, 8 out of 10 individuals in the United States will suffer from sudden or chronic back or sciatic pain.


Where your experiencing pain, may not be where the true problem lies. Our body is a totally connected, interlocking system that needs to be evaluated and treated as such. The failure of or certainly the less than desirable outcomes experienced from the traditional medical and therapeutic models, are due to a ‘symptom based’ treatment approach, rather than an origin based, critical thinking strategy.

Back pain accompanied by sciatic pain, may be compounded or caused by flat feet, dysfunction of the knee or hip, sacroiliac joint dysfunction or tailbone injuries. These factors cause postural imbalances, creating biomechanical stress, from head to toe. We consider all of these factors and more, to determine what is contributing to the total picture of pain.

A pain-free low back and the resolution of sciatic pain, is dependent upon a well-balanced, skeletal structure. Longstanding, imbalance will eventually affect the structure, creating excessive wear, tear and break down. Injuries of the joints, spine and soft tissue are the result of a poorly aligned structure. The musculoskeletal system is our gateway into the treatment of low back pain and sciatica.


Power In Motion‘s goal is to optimize structural alignment, to reduce/eliminate back pain and sciatica and recurrence of it in the future. IMT is a delicate, hands-on therapeutic intervention, which restores the normal function of the musculoskeletal system. IMT improves the function of the nervous, circulatory and immune systems, expediting healing and pain reduction. External factors which can contribute to back pain and sciatica include but are not limited to the following:

  • Poor Posture: Sitting and Standing
  • Old Injuries: Sports, auto, traumatic falls, etc., in childhood & adult years
  • Poor Hydration: Critical to the health and integrity of the spine and discs
  • Lack of Exercise: The more sedentary…the more stiff one becomes
  • Lack of Stretching: Flexibility decreases compression and pain
  • Improper Use of the Back: Assessing good body mechanics
  • Inflammatory Triggers: Food, allergies, repetitive strain

For more information, Contact Us today at Libertyville, IL Center.


What are the causes of back pain?

There are a large number of conditions that can result in back pain. For example, poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are just a few of the ways that someone may develop back pain. Injury is the most common cause of back pain. This can happen in one of two ways: 1) an instant, sudden trauma, such as a car accident, or 2) repetitive use that puts excessive stress on the back over time, such as bending down several times throughout the week to pick up boxes. Some other factors that may contribute to your back pain include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, fractures, herniated disc, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and tumors of the spine.

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain commonly results from a muscle strain or injury; however, it can also develop as a result of an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc, sciatica, or degenerative disc disease. Poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are also common ways that someone may develop back pain. Your physical therapist will focus on treating the root of your back pain, in order to help you regain mobility, function, and comfort.

How can I get relief from back pain?

You can treat your back pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, and using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery.

What are the best exercises for back pain?

It is common that the muscles used to support the lower back may become weakened from inactivity. We’ll prescribe targeted, easy-to-do exercises that we will walk you through, in order to help your back muscles regain their strength. This will help provide greater support to your spine and reduce any inflammation you may be experiencing. While the best exercises for your back pain are relative to your specific conditions, some common ones your physical therapist may have you do include spine stretches, bridges, and pelvic tilts.