Back Pain

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year.  Eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.    – Lance Armstrong

8 out of 10 individuals in the United States will suffer from acute (sudden) or chronic (long-lasting) back or sciatic pain, some time in their lives.

Alternative treatment approaches to address low back or sciatic pain, that don’t involve taking medications or undergoing invasive surgical procedures, are gaining in popularity and favor.  Increasingly, alternative and complementary approaches are found to be more effective and efficient as compared to ‘traditional’ rehabilitative approaches.  “People value these treatments enough to pay out-of-pocket for these services”, as quoted by the director of The American Society of Pain Educators, Dr. Barry Cole, MD.

POWER IN MOTION’S PHILOSOPHY

The body is a totally connected, interlocking system that needs to be evaluated and treated as such.  Perhaps the failure of less than desirable outcomes from traditional medical and therapeutic treatments today, stems from a ‘symptom based philosophy’ rather than an origin based, critical thinking strategy.  More often than not, where you’re experiencing pain, is rarely where the true source of the problem lies.

A clear example is lower back and sciatic pain. Pain in the lower back may be predisposed to or perpetuated by flat feet, dysfunction of the knee or hip, sacroiliac joint dysfunction or tailbone injuries, which cause postural imbalance creating compensation from the feet to the head. We consider all possible contributory factors and assess the interplay and interrelatedness of these dysfunctions and the responsibility or influence they have in contributing to the total picture of pain in the body.

The body is designed to be self-regulating and self-healing.   Through very precise, hands-on and delicate Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) techniques, we are able to facilitate the body’s ability to repair, reorganize and stabilize. The body’s structural alignment and pain-free musculoskeletal function are interdependent.  Longstanding, abnormal function, will eventually affect the structure, creating excessive wear and tear and break down; leaving us prone to injuries of the joints, spine and soft tissue.  The musculoskeletal system is our gateway into the treatment of  conditions that can affect and impact the central, autonomic and circulatory systems.

TREATMENT GOALS

Power In Motion’s goal is to structural imbalances, making it easier for the body to function normally and reducing the chance low back pain or sciatica to occur in the future. IMT is a delicate, ‘hands-on’ therapy intervention, that restores the normal function of the musculoskeletal system, which in turn, improves the function of the nervous, circulatory and immune systems, allowing for faster healing and reduced pain. Factors that will be evaluated and discussed with the patient include but are not limited to the following:

  • Posture:  Sitting and Standing
  • Hydration:   Critical to the health and integrity of the spine and discs
  • Exercise:   The more sedentary…the more stiff one becomes
  • Stretching:   Flexibility decreases compression and pain
  • Injury Prevention:   Assessing good body mechanics
  • Inflammatory Triggers:   Food, allergies, repetitive strain