Mid-Michigan: Getting To The Core Of Back & Neck Pain

The Newsletter About Your Health & Caring For Your Body GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN

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If you suffer from an aching back or neck, it could simply be that your core muscles are weak. You may haveheardof the term “core”,butwhat is it?Yourcore isthefoundationofyourbodyand likeabuilding,needs tobestrongandsupportive. Ifyourfoundation isweak or crooked, then the other parts of your body, which rely on this, will not function properly. The timing and strength of various muscle contractions is critical for yourproperbodyfunction. Ifyourtiming isoffandyour musclesareweak,abnormalstrainsoccurtoyourspine, causing a lot of common aches and pains. Yourcoremusclesconsistofawidevarietyofskeletal musclesthatkeepyouerectandhelpyoumovearound ontwofeet.Thecore isagroupofmuscles inthepelvis, spine,abdominalandupperthighareas.Thesemuscles arearranged indifferentanglesthatare layeredtogive you support and stability. Most people suffer from back pain at some point Most people will experience back pain some time in

their lifeduetocoremuscleweakness.Whenthespinal joints, hip joints, sacroiliac joints and the muscles of theabdomen,pelvis,spineandhipsdon’tmovewell,a resulting strain occurs on the spine. This causes pain andcanoccuratanystageof life.However,thistypically happensaswebecomeolderand lessactiveasadults. How does the core become weak and stiff? Asimpleanswer;use itor lose it.Our lifestylestodayput usatriskforbackandneckpainwithprolongedsitting atwork,sitting inthecar,bendingforward,watchingTV, poorpostureandmanyotherfactorswhichcontribute to core weakness. Once the core is weakened, the weight of your body rests on your spinal discs, joints and ligaments causing long term damage. At Mid- Michigan Physical Therapy Specialists we know the right movements and manual techniques that have beenproven tohelppatientsgetback toanactiveand healthy lifestyle.

Mid-Michigan is excited to announce another source to connect with our patients. We invite you to view and like our page on Facebook and be entered in a monthly drawing for a $25 giftcard! We’d love to hear how physical therapy has impacted your life and how we can help even more! The WINNER of our November FB Drawing Is: Penny Prieskorn. Congrats Penny!

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