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GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK AND NECK PAIN
tissue and neural mobilization techniques and targeted exercises to improve strength and pain. In many situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength. Back Pain 101 Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as a result, causing their back to compensate for the injury by putting pressure on other muscles that eventually just leads to more back pain. For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to cut your back pain issues in half. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas and alleviate muscle tightness and spasms. A thorough examination by a PT can help identify the cause of your back pain and treat it through spinal mobilization or manipulation techniques, soft tissue and neural mobilization techniques and targeted exercise to significantly improve strength and reduce the severity of your back pain.
Back and neck pain are two of the most common issues that American adults experience, putting a huge physical and economic burden on working Americans by being both two of the leading needs for medical intervention and two of the most common causes people have to miss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, it is somewhat common that neck pain and back pain are actually related. Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness, and when your core is weak, it could add up to weakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accident or a slip-and-fall injury, to more chronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more, addressing neck pain is sometime difficult as there are so many different structures that can be contributing to pain and loss of range of motion. This is why working with a physical therapist to thoroughly assess your neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, joint restrictions and improving muscle tightness or spasms. A physical therapist uses spinal mobilization or manipulation techniques, soft
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3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.
1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.
2. Your therapist will tell you the possible causes of your pain as well as precautions you can take at home.
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