27 Dec Back Pain and Myotherapy
Do you ever get that niggling pain in your back at the end of the day? Or, perhaps you wake up in the morning only to feel like your back is as painful as ever? Back pain can affect many people from all walks of life for varying reasons. The pain can range from a dull ache to debilitating pain that cannot improve with rest. Some may even rely on daily medication in order to get through their day.
Of course, this isn’t an ideal solution. So, what is? While many of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives, the way we deal with the pain can vary between each case. Whether it’s a long-term issue or a short-lived one, one thing is for sure; you don’t have to suffer and continue with your day as though the pain is ‘normal’.
What Is Myotherapy?
When it comes to relieving back pain symptoms, one thing many people look for is massage therapy. Don’t get us wrong; massage therapy can be extremely relaxing and can be beneficial in its own way. But, myotherapy goes a step further and looks at the cause of your pain problems.
Myotherapists have the skills to assess your pain and address the problems causing your pain and discomfort. By having a better understanding of why the pain is occurring, myotherapy can help you to better understand your body and create changes to help your body in the long-term.
Myotherapy is a type of physical therapy to help restricted joint movement or soft tissue pain. You can find out more about myotherapy and what soft tissue pain is here.
What Causes Back Pain?
There are a number of different reasons for back pain. Some of these factors include aging, injuries and bad habits that have led to muscle imbalances. You are likely to experience the associated pain when you have injured your spinal discs, you have stiff ligaments and joints or there is muscle inflammation or imbalance. If it sounds like an unlikely occurrence, you’re wrong.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 3.7 million people in Australia had reported back problems in 2014-15 and was the third leading cause of disease burden in 2011. It’s safe to say that plenty of people experience back problems and therefore, is something we should all be aware of and treat when necessary.
Some of the reasons we have seen an increase in people suffering from back pain can include living a sedentary lifestyle, more people working behind a desk all day and increased stress levels. Added to this poor nutrition and we see an imbalance in muscle stability and therefore, an increase in back problems.
How Does Myotherapy Help Back Pain?
Back pain can occur over time due to our lifestyle, our work and recreational activities. Whilst massage therapy can help relieve the pain, myotherapy looks at the underlying causes of your pain first.
An experienced myotherapist will look at the places where your muscles appear to be experiencing weakness and overuse and consider the best treatment for you. While many people experience back pain, the underlying causes between any two people can vary greatly. It is for this reason that treatment methods for one person may not be the same for the next person.
Back pain can be debilitating for many people. It can also be quite frustrating, especially when you feel like you need painkillers to get through your day. Myotherapy could be a beneficial treatment method to help reduce the pain and symptoms, as well as work on the underlying causes.
If you’re based in Melbourne and looking for advice from a qualified myotherapist, have a chat with the team at Unwind Myotherapy. Our North Balwyn practice is conveniently located and we are here to help with back pain and any other discomfort you may be experiencing. Get in touch with us today or book online now.