Equilibrium_Don't Ignore 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 BACK PAIN INJUR I ES ARE A REAL PA IN IN THE BACK DON’T IGNORE YOUR

conditionsthatcancauseyourbacktobeginto hurt,and it issmarttohaveyourback lookedat early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go. Oncethecauseofyourbackpain isdetermined, yourpractitioner (physiotherapist,chiropractor, registered massage therapist, manual osteopathic practitioner, acupuncturist and/or kinesiologist) 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. • Guidedstretchingdesignedto improverange of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae andanypotentialstretchesthatmaysupport 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- buildingactivities. Ourphysiotherapistsand kinesiologists can get you onto a routine to make you strong. Working with a team of experienced clinicians can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as to heal the cause of your back pain.

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 • Nerve and/or joint (vertebrae) irritation • Localized muscle weakness • 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 early on. Working with our team of clinicians can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based. Call your nearest Equilibrium location today or visit our website at equilibriummassagetherapy.ca to book an appointment.


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