If you have suffered through a severe back spasm you know just how excruciating back pain can be! Treatment for back pain usually takes you to the doctor to get muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medications and perhaps a referral for physical therapy, massage or chiropractic. I know….. I spent years in physical therapy treating patients with back pain using hands-on techniques, exercises and other treatments. Don’t get me wrong… I am not against taking appropriate medication or having hands-on work directly on your symptom. The problem with that approach is that you never correct the actual underlying cause of the back pain. The real cause of back pain; neck and shoulder pain; hip pain or most muscle pain is musculoskeletal imbalance in the body.
Our muscles are designed to do a certain job. When muscles are out of balance, some muscles are working too hard (causing them to get over-developed, tight and painful) and other muscles get weak. These imbalances can pull our bones out of alignment and cause wear and tear on our joints. So what is the best treatment for back pain, neck and shoulder pain; hip pain or any muscle pain? The Egoscue Method!
The Egoscue Method focuses on muscle imbalance. Sometimes where you hurt isn’t why you hurt. Let me give you one example (out of 100’s of possibilities) of how misaligned hips can cause back pain! Let’s say you sit all day at the computer. This causes the hip muscles to shorten and get tight. These hip flexor muscles are now pulling the pelvis into a tipped forward position. Now, every time you get up and walk, the changed pelvic position causes the muscles of the buttocks and the back of the thighs to become weaker, creating imbalance. This imbalance pulls the low back into a swayed position, the leg bones and feet are pulled outward and the upper back will eventually round forward pulling the head and shoulders along with it. The result? Back pain!
The good news is you can bring your body back into balance by doing corrective exercises that will allow your injuries to heal. The key to the Egoscue Method begins with a thorough evaluation of your body. By examining photos, looking at the way you move and function, we can determine which muscles are too tight and which ones are too weak. This gives us the information about your body to design corrective exercises to restore your body to proper alignment. The result? Improved function, and NO PAIN!
What a better way to start your New Year than being Pain Free!
In Good Health,
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