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.
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.
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.