Recently I had the pleasure of treating a lovely 86-year-old post-polio survivor. For as long as she could remember she had been experiencing debilitating muscle cramps all over her body which have become progressively worse as she has gotten older. The cramps had become so bad she had become afraid to leave the house.
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.
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.
There is a certain amount of cross-over with all 3 therapies, each will assess, treat and manage your condition with the goal of finding a solution to your pain or condition and assisting in getting you moving again. How this is done depends on your therapist, what they specialise in, and how they treat.
Having spent over 15 years working in corporate health management, educating staff and running workplace health and wellbeing programs for companies and their employees I have noticed the increase in neck, back and shoulder problems. The Myotherapy and Movement Clinic has now developed an engaging and interactive Workplace Posture workshop for local businesses in Camberwell and Hawthorn East.
As a masters squad swimmer I have found myself and many of my fellow squad swimmers suffer from painful leg and foot cramps towards the end of a training session. Exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC) are painful and disruptive for those who experience them, and can become debilitating if they occur regularly.
Cramping during exercise is very common, cramping is more likely to occur when muscles are in a shortened and contracted state. But why do they occur and what triggers them?