At R3, we see several patients with back pain, discomfort, or motion loss. These patients vary in age, athleticism, flexibility, and pain severity, and it’s vital to their healing process to find a unique program for their needs. Whether your back pain stems from a recent rock climb or years of working at a desk, finding a solution will drastically change your quality of life.
We’d like the opportunity to help. Our team is knowledgeable and experienced, and ready to manage your back pain through non-invasive, proven methods. If you’re looking for the best way to manage back pain in Moncton, call us.
Your spine is formed by a set-off of 24 bones stacked on top of each other with a soft disc between each segment to allow for flexibility. It supports our bodies and allows us to balance and move voluntarily. In a normal and healthy back, each joint in your spine should move freely and independently.
We rely on the spine continuously throughout the average day, even as we’re seated. Because the spine is an integral part of our movement, the rest of the body usually takes notice when it’s injured. It’s probably not a surprise that more than 16 million American adults suffer from some form of back pain every year.
While they’re certainly not the only reason for back pain, joint restriction, sprains, and strains are some of the most prevalent and can lead to significant and chronic back pain.
Joint restrictions can develop in a number of different ways.
In some situations, they are formed by the individual suffering from an accident or injury. In other cases, they develop from a repetitive strain or through poor posture. Being overweight, smoking, strenuous work, and emotional stress can increase the risk of you suffering from problems.
If a joint is restricted, swelling and inflammation often trigger muscular guarding, leading to more restriction. Since your spine works as a unit, and not as isolated pieces, a joint restriction in one area of your spine can harm other areas of your back or your back as a whole.
Sprains and strains
Most people will experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime, and 70% of those patients can attribute their symptoms to sprain and strain injuries.
Lumbar sprains and strains can often result from sudden or forceful movements like a fall, twist, lift, push, pull, direct blow, or quickly straightening up from a seated, crouched, or bent position. Most commonly, sprains and strains are not the result of any single event, but rather from repeated overloading.
The spine is very good at managing minor isolated stressors, but repetitive challenges often lead to injury in much the same way that constantly bending a piece of copper wire will cause it to break.
The most common causes of back pain include:
- Herniated discs- when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the exterior casing
- Fractures- broken bones
- Sprains- when the tough, durable ligaments that support bones have been damaged
- Strains- refers to the partial tearing of the muscles or tendons that move your trunk
- Bruising of tissue- injury to soft tissue
- Pulled muscles- stretching or tearing of muscle
- Compression of the spine- when a mass puts pressure on the spinal cord
- Muscular imbalance from an old injury
Chronic back pain can be caused by several factors, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- And, much more
While some causes of back pain are serious, often, the solutions offered at M3 can determine the cause and find a remedy that will last, alleviating pain for good.
It’s important to note that our team understands that not all back pain is due to spine damage or back-related injury. We always focus on a whole-body, comprehensive approach to finding pain and its supporting solutions.
We work with several patients who come to us with various back pain challenges, and the goal is to correct that pain at its core, preventing it from recurring.
Some of the most notable symptoms of back pain are:
- Stiff back
- Soreness and tenderness in the back
- Swelling in the back
- Muscle ache
- Loss of range of motion
- Stabbing, radiating, or throbbing pain
- Lower back pain sometimes called lumbar pain
Using our holistic approach, we discuss the patient’s lifestyle and activities to enhance our exam methods and help determine the cause of the issue.
Some of the most notable reasons back pain occurs are:
- Sitting all day at a desk
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Working on a computer all day
- Poor posture
- Poor lifting practices
- Moving and lifting heavy items
- Abrupt or awkward movement
- Sports injury
- Overuse practices
Ricki advises our patients on how to take care of the spine while at work and play and throughout their daily routine. Spinal support is crucial to a healthy, safe back.
First, you should recognize that your problem is widespread and is usually very treatable. Finding early and proper treatment will nurture the best outcome and avoid straining other body parts that may lead to more pain and further injury. Early treatment may also help keep arthritis and scar tissue at bay.
Some of our solutions to back pain include:
- Class 4 deep tissue laser therapy
- Deep tissue massage therapy
- Massage therapy
- Graston Technique (Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization- IASTM)
- Neuro-Kinetic Therapy (NKT)
- Proprioceptive Deep Tissue Tendon Reflex (P-DTR)
- Shockwave Therapy
- Exercises and stretching techniques
To support these treatments, we also use the Manuthera 242 Table, a modular table that uses two synchronized lifting motors to complements our techniques. We are currently the only massage therapy clinic in Canada with this mobilization table. Its success rate speaks for itself. Ask us about our demo so you can learn more!
While in our office, we will administer the very best in Massage Therapy treatments in Moncton, combined with any number of our other solutions for efficient results. Massage Therapy has been proven to be both a safe and effective treatment for joint restrictions and other kinds of back injury.
Depending on how severe your back injury is, we may advise you to do any number of the following while at home during your everyday activities:
- Limit your activity for a period of time, especially bending, twisting, and lifting, or movements that cause pain
- Take micro-breaks for 10 seconds every 20 minutes if you’re sitting all day
- The short-term use of a lumbar support belt may help reduce your symptoms
- Apply ice for 15-20 minutes an hour following acute injuries
- Heat may be helpful after several days or for more chronic origins of pain
- Apply sports cream to maximize comfort
- Yoga or other forms of exercise and stretching
At R3, we offer several different tools to help ease your pain. To speed your recovery, you should avoid activities that make your pain worse. Be sure to take frequent breaks if you have a lot of sedentary activity.
We realize you may be working with other specialists, and it’s important to inform them and any doctors of your exact situation and to ask for specific healing recommendations concerning ice and heat.
We want to ensure your safety and wellness and will gladly speak to any other parties you’ve entrusted with your care to find the fastest results for your pain and its underlying cause.
Some benefits from obtaining Massage Therapy and R3 treatments for your injured back include:
- Reduction of discomfort or pain
- Improved range of motion and movement
- Improved sleep quality
- More active lifestyle, more energy
- Improved overall body health and strength
- Improved recovery process
- Improved joint health and function
- Improved quality of life
You have no excuses when it comes to the health of your body, don’t suffer through back pain for one more day. Get the help you deserve. Let’s start today.