GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN
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Back and neck pain are two of the most common issues thatNorthAmericanadultsexperience,putting a huge physical and economic burden on working people 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 twoseparate issues, it issomewhatcommon thatneckpainandbackpainareactually related.Core strengthcanhaveahuge impactonyouroverallhealth andwellness,andwhenyourcore isweak, itcouldadd 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 sometimes difficult as there is so much potential to cause more damage to the neck. This is why working with a physiotherapist to address neck pain is wise. A physiotherapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion,
using targetedmassage techniques,andby improving strength as needed. For example, 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 compinsate for the injurybyputtingpressureonother 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.Workingwithaphysiotherapist is thebestway to cut your back pain issues in half. Physiotherapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas, and by using targeted massagetoreducetension. Inmanysituations,working with a physiotherapist to improve core strength can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain.
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