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Don't Procrastinate On That Nagging Pain! 6BackConditions YouShouldn't Ignore

Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back? If so, you are not alone. Many people will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Without proper spine mobility, stability and alignment your back structures wear down over time, similar to tires that are out of alignment. There are many different back conditions, but here are a few common ones: 1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. Pain, numbness and tingling can be felt down in different parts of the leg. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve by a muscle called the piriformis, deep in the buttock. Symptoms can radiate down the buttock and leg. 3. Spinal stenosis: This isanarrowingof thebonyspinal canal which causes rubbing or pressure on nerves. Central canal stenosis is quite serious as it presses upon the spinal cord. 4. Lumbar sprain/strain: This is a common cause of low back pain due to injury of muscles and tendons. The rows of muscles that run up and down the sides of the spinal column, are the major muscle groups usually involved in lower back injury. 5. Fractures: These are due to trauma, or sometimes occur without any injury in people with osteoporosis. 6. Spinal cord compression: This is unusual, but very worrisome and may be associated with weakness and loss of bowel/bladder control.

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Medication and Bed Rest Most lower back pain sufferers try over the counter drugs and bed rest. However, most self remedies will not provide the relief that you need. In fact, bed rest is the wrong thing to do, because it can weaken the spinal muscles further. Weakness in the spinal muscles is one of the main reasons for low back pain and puts you at risk for injuring your back with common activities such as lifting, bending or squatting. Most of us sit too much and this contributes to severe weakening of the back and torso muscles which are needed for a healthy back.

PreventALifetimeOfPainBySeekingPhysiotherapy “Will Your Back Hurt As You Get Older?”

If you think that growing older automatically leads to back pain, here’s some great news; it doesn’t! Many people suffer from pain, yet, they still believe their aches and pains are a natural part of aging. They’re not. Back pain is primarily caused by four main factors: • Spinal muscle weakness • Poor muscle or joint movement • Poor posture • Lack of spinal or pelvic muscle coordination Treating the Cause of Your Back Pain The goal of our SPINE program is to find the root cause of your pain and correct it, not just treat the symptoms. By treating the root cause of the pain, you can achieve faster, long-lasting results. We provide the most advanced and effective treatments to each of our patients in a caring, friendly environment. Our highly trained and skilled Physiotherapists use proven hands-on therapy techniques to help people of all ages become free of pain and get back to the activities they enjoy. If your back pain prevents you from standing for long periods, bending down to pick up objects, or getting up and down from the floor to play with your children or grandchildren it’s time to come to Alta-Sask Wellness and restore your quality of life. Knowing the Right Therapist to Help You Physiotherapists are trained in musculoskeletal conditions, meaning we are the professionals to see when it comes to the movement of the body and how the muscles, joints and skeletal structure work with one another. Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Effective Physiotherapists recognize that the best treatments are not modalities that depend solely on ultrasound, cold or heat therapy, but rather a skilled hands-on approach to examination and treatment. Studies have proven that manual therapy and specific exercises produce better and faster results than traditional exercise based therapy. If you are suffering with back pain or know someone who is, call us today to discover how we can finally help you become pain free and get back to the activities you enjoy. After all, you’re as young as you feel!


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We can help you relieve your pain naturally! We can help you: Do you suffer with daily back pain?

• Have More Energy • Avoid Injury • Feel Better

• Get Back To Life • Work Without Pain • Alleviate Pain Naturally

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Print sudoku “I will be recommending Alta-Sask to anyone I know who is dealingwith pain” “When I came to Alta-Sask Wellness I had substantial back pain and limited mobility. After the very first appointment I was feeling improvement. With the care taken to treat my issues fully, I am now able to say my back is pain free. The additional stretching routines have now become part of my daily routine, and for the first time in a long time, I can touch my toes. I appreciate all the time spent here to help my issues and will be recommending Alta-Sask to anyone I know who is dealing with pain. Thank you!” -Josh W. 8 1 3 7 5 4

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Meaghan Shewchuk Meaghan finished her undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Manitoba in 2002. Since her graduation she has done significant and extensive continuing education on multiple topics, including - Doctorate of Physical Therapy through Evidence in Motion - Sport Physiotherapy Diploma and a - Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Meaghan also holds certifications in - Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), - ConnectTherapyTM, - Acupuncture and - Dry Needling. Meaghan uses the ConnectTherapyTM assessment framework to assess complex patients in order to direct treatment, focusing on enhancing the treatment outcome. She has volunteered as a Sport Physiotherapist for many different National and International sporting events, including various Canada Games and International Figure Skating competitions, and had the opportunity to travel to China for the Youth Olympic Games as a member of the Medical Team for Team Canada.

Outside of work Meaghan enjoys figure skating, karate, hockey and yoga. Alta-Sask Wellness Physiotherapy • Medical • Occupational • Rehabilitation

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