I am often having to explain what it is I do as a myotherapist, there seems to be some confusion where we are placed in the healthcare system compared to phsio's, osteo's, massage therapists, and chiro's. To showcase the diversity of what we treat, here is a typical day in my clinic:
The sacrifice of escaping winter is being confined to an extremely small space for an excessively long time! It's hard and uncomfortable for those travelling in economy. For those suffering from back pain, such a trip can be daunting but there are some things that you can do, even in a cramped area to help avoid that nagging back pain.
Lower-back pain is so common in our population that according to leading researcher, Professor Buchbinder, "we should treat it like the common cold," it’s VERY common. In contrast to the common cold, rest is not recommended for low back pain, getting up and moving is. One of the best things for low back pain is walking.
Pain lasting 3 months or more is called chronic pain, an alarming one in five Australians suffer from chronic pain. As most tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, disc, bone) damage heals over 3 to 6 months we know that chronic pain is unlikely to be due to tissue damage, so what is causing the ongoing pain?
Our bodies were designed to move, not sit at a desk for long periods. The more we sit the stiffer and less mobile we become over time. I see people who sit at their desk for up to 12 hours a day! I provide them with tips to help with posture and workstation set-up, along with some ideas to get moving a bit more. I thought I would share some of these ideas with you.