Determining The Origins Of Pain

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Determining The Origins Of Pain

a muscle strain. Chronic low back pain is typical of restricted joints, tight muscle tissue and muscle weakness. How is the pain? Achy, sharp, tingling? Achy pain is typically a problemwith movement due to poor functioning of the muscles and joints. Sharp pain can be a muscle spasm or even an impingement of a joint. Tingling sensations and pain can be from irritation to a nerve either from compression or inflammation of that area.

When you have an ache or pain it can leave you scratching your head as to where the pain is truly coming from. Just because it hurts in that part of your leg or arm, doesn’t mean that is where the problem is coming from. Is it a disc, muscle strain or did you just plain overdo it? If you are suffering from back pain or neck pain, here are some questions it is important for you to answer, to determine the origins of your pain: How long have you had your pain? For example, acute low back (lumbar) pain may be because of

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Suffering With Aches & Pain?

Is the pain worse at a specific time of day? Achy, stiff pain in the morning can be due to muscle and tissue stiffness. Severe radiating pain to the lower back, buttock and leg with bending in the morning is an indicator of a potential herniated disc. Whereas pain towards the end of the day after moving and activity is an indicator of spinal muscle weakness as the muscles fatigue during the day. Do you have difficulty with prolonged sitting, standing or walking? Pain with prolonged standing and walking is typical of muscle fatigue of the spine as well as the hip muscles. It is typical to complain of pain to the low back and buttocks as your muscles cannot tolerate the activity. An easy test to check your hip strength is to lie on your side and lift your leg up 10 times. If you struggle with this, you most likely have hip muscle weakness. The good news is that with the right physical therapy treatment plan, you can alleviate these problem areas and prevent the pain from returning. There is a lot that can be done to help pain and the fastest way to relieve pain is to find out the true source and treat it. At Therapy Works, our therapists have years of medical training, specializing in muscles, joints and nerves, to determine where your pain is coming from. With specialized hands-on therapy, structured easy medical exercises andmodalities, we can relieve your pain, get you stronger and put you on the right path to return to the activities you love to do, without pain. Call us today to find out more.

Tortola (284) 494-4678

St.Thomas (340) 779-4678

Virgin Gorda (284) 495-5678

Patient Spotlight:

“I regained my flexibilty!”

“I was skeptical at first that physical therapy would actually work, however after each session of therapy the pain decreased and I became more of a believer. Approximately 2 months later I have no pain and I regained my flexibility in my arm. I am thankful for Russel, Dante and Bretany who made the experience a great one.” - Damita F.

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Dry Needling & Acupuncture

Dry Needling is a skilled intervention used by our St. Thomas staff to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain andmovement impairment. It involves the insertion of a thin filament needle into trigger points within body tissue. Trigger points are what most people know as knots or tight spots in a muscle. Repeated advances of the filament needle into a trigger point stimulates the healing process within themuscle resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. Research supports that thismodality improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and facilitates active rehabilitation.

The similar practice of acupuncture is utilized in our Tortola facility. The practice of acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago as way to balance the flow of chi through the body. In modern times, scientific studies have supported that acupuncture can be used to treat nearly all sources of muscle and joint pain. It involves inserting small filament needles just below the skin’s surface or even deeper into muscle tissue; helping to clear tension, pain and restore fluid circulation. We have achieved great results by using acupuncture combined with conventional physiotherapy techniques.

Do You Have An Ache Or Pain? a Do you have difficulty reaching? a Do you ache throughout the day? a Do you have trouble sleeping due to pain? If you have answered “Yes” to any of the questions above and are looking for help to relieve your problem then CALL TODAY!

FREE PAIN CHECK-UP

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Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to relieve pain... Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Helps Relieve Back Pain

LEVATORSCAPULAESTRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward and to the side until a stretch is felt. Repeat 5 times.

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Refer a Friend Who do you know that needs our help?

Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The

Following? • Move without pain • Bend and move freely

• Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Therapy Works today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Back Pain Analysis.

Tortola: (284)494-4678 St.Thomas: (340)779-4678 Virgin Gorda: (284)495-5678

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