Which Exercise Is best for Back Pain? To Get Back Pain Relief
As a Sydney CBD & Waterloo chiropractor, I often get asked what is the best form of exercise for back pain & sciatica. The good news is, generally speaking they all work as equally well as each other. One study looked at two types of specific low back stability exercise’s versus general exercise prescribed by a physical therapist and found one was not superior over the other when reducing low back pain & were all equally effective.(Unsgaard-Tøndel 2010)
Heat or Cold Therapy for Back Pain?
Over the years as a chiropractor, myotherapist (SLM) & massage therapist I have noticed some confusion when it comes to using ice or heat on an acute injury or pain. A lot of pain sufferers are unfortunately incorrectly guided by other professionals in this matter, which I think is partly due to a lack of understanding when it comes to treating the myofascial system (myo= muscle) (fascial= connective tissue) & what treatment works, what doesn’t & why. I have written this article to help you make a better, more informed decision, not only with ice/heat but acute back pain in general.
Sciatica & Disc Herniations: Each Case Can Be Extremely Different
I am not going to go into the specifics of how I treat sciatica and disc injuries, which is difficult as each case can be extremely different from one to another, however; if you would like an overview of my approach & why I combine chiropractic with myotherapy (SLM) please have a read of my homepage or the services I offer.
How To Sit For Spinal Health: Gokhale Method
As a chiropractor working in Sydney’s CBD, i treat alot of desk workers who find there backs get stiff, painful and tired from a long day spent at the desk. If your finding sitting is aggravating your back pain, a technique i recommend to try is called stretch-sitting as demonstrated in the video below by the creator Gokhale Method; Esther Gokhale. When most people try to sit with “good posture’ they usually force themselves to sit more upright with there shoulder’s pulled back, resulting in more tension in the muscles of the back and spine.
Which Posture Are You? ( Part 1) Types of Postural Distortions
How we stand, sit & move is key to having a strong, healthy and pain free back. There are several common types of postural distortions that may indicate muscle imbalances, which on its own; or more likely when combined with a lack of exercise, stress and even poor diet can be a major contributor to low back pain, sciatica, headaches, shoulder pain etc…
Over the years I have seen many weird & wonderful ways to ‘fix’ posture, some of which have merit but many that ignore the simple fact that it is the myofascial (muscles & fascia) system which hold you upright against gravity & need to be balanced & functioning adequately so they hold you in a balanced manner.
That’s why I combine chiropractic with myotherapy (SLM), SLM is a wholistic & corrective form of bodywork that restores length & function to your critical postural muscles so that your muscular system supports the chiropractic treatment of your spine & joints.
Self Treatment- Chronic back Pain
A couple of weeks ago i wrote an article on what some of the research is now showing, in regards to its lack of effectiveness in injury prevention and improved performance and why i generally don’t recommend stretching for back pain sufferer’s. To read this article click here. Rather than stretching, i often recommend my patients do some sort of self care or management on there own muscles between treatments in order to get the best results and pain free in the quickest amount of time.
Self trigger point massage is a very effective way to reduce chronic muscle pain and tension that the vast majority of back pain sufferers experience. At Sydney Chiropractic & remedial massage we are dedicated to getting you pain free and moving unrestricted without the need for excessive treatment.