With kids finally back in school, and vacations coming to an end for the season, most people have settled into their regular routines; go to work, pick up the kids, come home, make dinner, watch some TV, and go to bed. With the demands of work and family life taking their toll on most people’s free time, it’s often hard to work in time for exercise or physical fitness. On top of that, the vast majority of many people’s time is now spent on chair-based activities; driving, working at a desk, watching TV. As a people, we don’t do a whole lot of standing, and often don’t have time to exercise.
As we discussed at the end of August (http://bodymend.ca/blog/dont-just-sit-there-move/) sitting for extended periods is really bad for you.
Excessive sitting creates two problems; reduced core strength and tight hamstrings. These two conditions lead to musculoskeletal imbalances, inflammation and pinched nerves, all of which result in constant low-level back pain or even more serious back injuries like bulging or herniated discs. Not good. Simple things like bending down to put dishes in the dishwasher, doing up shoe laces, or picking up a set of dropped keys can not only be uncomfortable, but also set the stage for a potentially devastating back spasm or pinched nerve.
Since the primary causes of back pain are insufficient core strength and lack of flexibility, Physiotherapists are uniquely suited to not only helping to rehabilitate injured backs, but also to provide ongoing guidance about how to keep backs stronger and more flexible and thus avoid pain and injury in the first place. An RPT can suggest specific strength-building exercises to activate unused muscles, strengthen weaker muscles, and improve the flexibility of the back, hips, and legs. This improved flexibility will allow the back to return to proper range of motion, which helps to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and decrease pain. As with most healthcare practitioners, an RPT’s healthcare expertise is not, of course, limited to just one area of the body;
Physiotherapists do more than help rehabilitate people after an accident or injury. They help manage cancer and chronic lung disease, care for musculoskeletal conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, help stroke patients recover, aid in treatment of developmental delays in children, and even help prevent chronic disease.(http://www.physiotherapy.ca/News/Media/Media/Physiotherapy-Can-Help!)
At BodyMend, our interdisciplinary team of healthcare practitioners work together to treat the root causes of injury and develop long-term maintenance programs to help prevent future pain. But you don’t have to wait for a debilitating back injury to come and see one of our physiotherapists. If you sit for extended periods or your back simply feels ‘off’ we can help, by creating a comprehensive healthcare program for back strength and flexibility that is unique to you.
Email us at email@example.com to make an appointment for a physiotherapy evaluation, and start your journey back to better health.
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