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GIVE YOURSELF A FRESH START IN 2020 YOU DON’T HAVE TO IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN ANY LONGER!
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YOU DON’ T HAVE TO I GNORE YOUR BACK PA IN ANY LONGER! GIVE YOURSELF A FRESH START IN 2020
conditionsthatcancauseyourbacktobeginto hurt,and it issmarttohaveyourback lookedat byaphysicianearlyonsothatyouknowexactly what isgoingonwithyourbodyfromtheget-go. Oncethecauseofyourbackpain isdetermined, your physiotherapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: • Targeted exercises that are specialized to the region of the back that is experiencing themostpain.Theseexercisesaredesigned to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles. • Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength- building activities. Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Working with a licensed and experienced physiotherapist can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain.
The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. You rely on it so heavily —whether it is to shoulder your emotional stresses or to physically liftsomething thatyouneed tocarry with you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at risk when you are safely at home on your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring onebitaboutyourposture. It isatriskwhenyou run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It isnowonderthatsomanypeopleexperience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg,youare likelytodosomethingabout itright away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right is something that not many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical attention.Yetwhenpainbegins intheback, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain, time to time, right? There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong! Understanding Back Pain Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious
Getting to the Bottom of Back Pain There are a lot of different reasons as to why youmaybeexperiencingbackpain,and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disc • Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons • Arthritis These concerns can develop as a result of a myriadofenvironmental issues,suchashaving poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on. When It Comes to Back Pain, Don’t Wait! Whenyouexperiencean injury toyourback,or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is importanttofindoutthecauseofyourbackpain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly becomechronic,asapotentiallysmall issuecan become complicated when it is not addressed earlyon.Workingwithaourteamofspecialists can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based. Make your New Year’s resolution a pain- free life! Call (705) 728-9333 today or visit conceptofmovement.com to book an appointment.
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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK 1. Keep a Good Posture. When standing, imagine a string through the top of your head lifting you straight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine and hips in natural alignment. While sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shoulders should not slouch when sitting. Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly. Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine. 3. Stay Flexible. Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine every day can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong. You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more. 5. Physiotherapy. Our physiotherapists are medical experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check-up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With soothing hands-on therapy and targeted easy exercises, we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain, we can help you get out of pain and living the life you deserve.
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WHAT IS PEMF THERAPY? According to research from Yale Medical University from as far back as 1932, they discovered that the depletion of electrical energy from the body is the root cause of general unwellness. PEMF, or a pulsed electromagnetic field, is a donating source of energy that helps the body repair/ regenerate/rebuild/get well naturally, enhancing the functionality of cells. THE BENEFITS OF PEMF Clinical experience has shown that PEMF Therapy may be used for a number of conditions and issues. It’s used by our clients to mitigate pain, stimulate immune support, improve performance, and enhance brain function. Some benefits include: • Improved Brain Function and Focus. PEMF exercise directly stimulates your brain, leaving you feeling energized and focused. • Relaxation and Sleep. Energizing your cells with PEMF can help you relax and sleep soundly. That extra rest can mean less stress, and improved overall health. • Maximize Bone and Joint Health. Many people have experienced pain relief through long-term improvements to their bone and joint health. PEMF can lead to a more active and pain-free lifestyle. To Learn More about PEMF Therapy, visit our website at: conceptofmovement.com/physical-therapy-treatments/pemf-therapy JANUARY PROMOTION! BUY 1 GET 2 FREE PEMF SESSIONS! That is 3 PEMF sessions for only $80.00 plus HST, as a gift or for yourself. ComeseehowPulsedElectromagneticFieldorPEMFTherapy changeyour lifebynaturally treatingyourpainand improving your wellness. This promotion expires January 31st. Call us today at (705) 728-9333 to schedule your 3 PEMF Sessions!
Contact us today at (705) 728-9333 or visit our website at conceptofmovement.com to learn more about how our services can bring relief to your back pain.
PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P O T L I G H T
I was out of the country on vacation and something happened to me. I ended up in hospital on Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018 and was not released until Wednesday afternoon. The rest of the trip was unenjoyable as I had to take medication and take it easy sitting. I could not do any more walking the beach or tours. I was worried if I would have something else happen before I would get home. Thankfully, I made it home and went to a medical doctor, then a cardiologist, a Sunnybrook specialist, lung doctor, and several trips to RVH Emergency. I had difficulty breathing and catching my breath, symptoms of arrhythmia. I had a fast heart rate, was treated with heart medication which gave me unwanted symptoms. I could not do anything alone for the fear that something would happen. I had to walk or ride my bike with my friend. I could not play tennis, which is my favorite sport. My symptoms worsened and then I looked into natural alternatives. I went to Concept of Movement and saw Bruce. He worked with me and put me on a program with Meagan. The different breathing exercises they taught me along with the use of the PEMF machine has drastically improved my quality of life. I am getting back to normal; I can play singles tennis, ride my bike for 30km and walk. I am more confident going out alone again on a bike and with less fear that a medical episode will happen. I am so thankful Concept of Movement guided me to my road to recovery. They are all nice, caring and knowledgeable.” - G. G.
TIPS FOR YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRETCH YOUR BACK
Lower Trunk Rotation Lie down on your back, bend your knees and drop them to either side and hold for ten seconds. This stretch should be felt in the lower back and sometimes in the outer hips as well.
1. Consider Your Intentions. The most common resolutions are to lose weight, spend less money, and get organized. Those are all valuable and healthy practices. But why are they your intentions? Do you want to feel better about your body? Know that you won’t need to worry about money for retirement?Honoringthepersonal meaningbehindanactionhelpsus maintain our resolve. 2. Focus on Process, Not Results. Intensely focusing on results paradoxically makes us less likely toachieve them. Instead of focusing on “losing 10 pounds,” try focusing on going for walks or eating healthy salads for lunch — you will probably end up losing some weight in the process. And you’ll probably enjoy the journey a lot more. The focus of our resolution should be the process — the infinite present moments in which transformation will occur —
rather than the single instance of its attainment. 3. Consider Resolution Alternatives. If the pressure of New Year’s Resolutions is too much, consider a few alternative ways to set your intentions for the upcoming year: 4. Make a Vision Board: A vision board compiles images that represent what you want for yourself in the upcoming year. It’s a great way to have a visual reminder of your intentions. 5.ChooseaWordoftheYear: Many people have embraced the trend of choosing a word for the year — like breathe, trust, dance, fly — that encapsulates the feelings, attitudes, and behaviors they desire in the year ahead. This word can guide your choices and actions. Ask if a particular behavior aligns with your word and your intentions.
Always consult your physiotherapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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