4 Tips to Prevent & Alleviate Neck and Back Pain | Physiotherapist Tips
Posted Apr 5, 2013 by MSP Clinic
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“Early access to physiotherapy within 14 days of the occurrence of pain has a significant long-term impact on the patient’s health,” says Aart Van Gorkum “as it helps to prevent chronic disability. So, if you are suffering from back or neck pain, seeking the guidance of a physiotherapist and following the Physio-4 for Back and Neck Pain is a great first step towards finding pain relief.”
- Vary your position. Sitting at computers and desks all day puts increased pressured on your spine. After 30 minutes of sitting make sure you walk around to keep the flow of blood and fluids to your spine. Try downloading an app or program that reminds you every 15/30minutes to get up and stretch. Set up a standing workstation to vary your position while working at your computer. Make sure your work desk and computer are set up properly for sitting or standing to encourage optimal posture. Monitor position is a leading cause of neck strain. Position your monitor directly in line with your head position. Too low, too high or offset monitors will engage your muscles more and can lead to a spontaneous strain. Contact your Vancouver Physiotherapist for a custom evaluation and plan that involves suitable and safe stretches or “pause exercises” and provide tips on how to correctly position yourself in front of your computer.
- Stay flexible. Optimal spinal health means having flexibility in all directions. If your thorax (upper-mid back and ribcage) has limited rotation movement, more load and stress can be transferred to your low back, neck or other body parts. Check your rotation by sitting in a chair with your arms crossed across your stomach; you should be able to turn equally to the right and left and see behind you easily. If you have an asymmetry between the right and left directions, or reduced motion, your physiotherapist can assess the reason why, mobilize your spinal joints, and give you exercises to maintain your thoracic mobility – essential for a healthy low back and neck.
- Keep your core in check. Regain optimal control of your deep spinal muscles (core) following an episode of neck or back pain. Your physiotherapist will provide a thorough examination of your spine, provide manual therapy and other treatment techniques, and help you regain any lost mobility by instructing you on how to achieve ideal postural alignment and prescribing exercises that will support your spine.
- Correct postural habits. Be aware of habitual postures and positions (such as always sitting on one side of the couch, slouching with your feet on the coffee table, carrying your bag/purse always over the same shoulder, sitting cross legged, leaning usually on the same elbow etc.) Habitually poor postures may indicate weaknesses in certain muscle groups or stiffness within the body. Your physiotherapist can assess reasons why you may adopt these positions and how to correct them.
Main Street Physiotherapy Clinic Staff specializes in all types of Neck & Back Pain Physiotherapy Services. Dealing with chronic neck/back pain or repetitive workplace injuries? Give us a call to setup an appointment.
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Jon has been very helpful in getting me back in shape after a car accident. He explains clearly what is happening with my back and how to strengthen it in a way that makes sense to me. The combination of IMS, manual therapy, and stretching/exercise has reduced my pain and given me a broader range of motion. Thank you, Jonathan!