Injury in the neck or back is the second most common reason people visit their doctor. Most of us have experienced neck or back pain and most of the time it quickly goes away. This pain is of greater concern if it lasts longer than several weeks, is accompanied by other symptoms into the arms or legs, or develops at the same time as another systemic condition. In these situations, it is a good idea to seek medical intervention.
Your physical therapy treatment will include a wide variety of interventions depending on your individual needs. Your physical therapist may use hands on techniques of myofascial release and joint manipulation. You may receive modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or traction. And you will be given instruction in posture, ergonomics, body mechanics and sports-specific movement re-education to prevent recurrence of pain. Ultimately, you will receive a custom exercise program with specific exercises tailored to your specific needs.
Our goal at Peak Performance Physical Therapy is to help you with your current pain while giving you the tools you need to prevent your pain from returning in the future.
Carrying around a healthy weight for your body’s frame minimizes stress on your back. You can do specific strengthening and stretching exercises that target your back muscles. These exercises are called “core strengthening” because they work both your abdominal and back muscles. Strong and flexible muscles will help keep your back in shape.
Pay attention to posture
Poor posture stresses your back. When you slouch or stand with a swayback, you exaggerate your back’s natural curves. Such posture can lead to muscle fatigue and injury. In contrast, good posture relaxes your muscles and requires minimal effort to balance your body.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to lift and carry a load. Some key tips for lifting the right way include letting your legs do the work, keeping objects close to your body, and recruiting help if a load is too heavy.
Adopt healthy work habits
Pay attention to your surroundings and abilities on the job to reduce stress whenever possible. Being under stress causes your muscles to tense and this can make you more prone to injury. In addition, the more stress you feel, the lower your tolerance for pain. Try to minimize your sources of stress both on the job and at home. Develop coping mechanisms for times when you feel especially stressed. For instance, perform deep-breathing exercises, take a walk around the block or talk about your frustrations with a trusted friend.
When you need information and reassurance, we’re here for you. To learn more or to schedule a private/personal consultation call us at: 406.542.0808