How Common Is Back and Neck Pain?

Approximately 1 in 6 Australians suffer from back pain each year, and it’s one of the leading causes of absenteeism from the workplace.

One contributing factor to back and neck pain is insufficient strength in the spine. This may be caused by impaired core strength, excess weight, poor posture, sitting for long periods of time, lack of physical activity, poor mobility, hereditary conditions or diseases, and injury or inflammation due to a number of reasons like diet and stress.

Regardless of the reason, back and neck pain can be incredibly debilitating. It literally sucks the joy out of everyday life - but it can be managed.

Methods For Treating Back Pain

There are a number of different systems and methods to help treat back and neck pain, including:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractor
  • Osteopath
  • Natural therapies
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Reducing inflammation – diet and nutrition, incorporating movement through the day, adjusting the length of time sitting or standing.
  • Movement and exercises – relearning to use your body in the correct way.

Studies have shown that incorporating movement and functional exercises into your training program increases strength, mobility and blood flow, whilst helping to reduce pain. (Source

How OMC Helps Reduce Back and Neck Pain

The OMC incorporates MedX equipment along with functional exercises to gradually increase strength, mobility, and blood flow to an injured area, whilst reducing pain and preventing further injury.

Getting your body moving again is incredibly important, which is why we take a slow and steady approach that gradually builds up strength and increases flexibility where you need it most. The results are an increase in overall strength, stamina, fitness, flexibility, coordination, balance, and pain management.

Our state-of-the-art MedX machines are coupled with knowledgeable trainers and functional fitness programs so we can help you isolate, address and overcome painful back and neck injuries.

MedX are the world leaders in specialised medical strengthening machines. They can measure and build isolated groups of muscles, as well as endurance and flexibility. All MedX products are based on scientifically proven technologies that increase range of movement, rehabilitate, and prevent injury.

Back and neck injuries do not mean you will lead an impaired life. A correct treatment program incorporating exercise, stretching and correct body mechanics can help you quickly regain your quality of life. Even if you have never experienced injury or back pain, it is important to get your body moving correctly, and to increase your core strength and mobility so you can prevent common age-related back injuries in the future.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (What are back problems?)
NHS Choices (Back pain)
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Impacts of chronic back problems)
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (What role do hospitals play in treating back problems?)
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Back pain and problems)
MedX Online

Expert Trainers + MedX Machines = Life Changing Results!

About 4mths ago I was advised I had a pinched nerve, due to a combination of bad posture while sitting at a desk all day, no doubt holding a bit of stress in my shoulders and a lack of muscle strength in my lower to mid back, my right shoulder blade had rotated forward and pinched a nerve. I stared visiting the Optimum Movement Centre once a week, they were very accommodating with a variety of session times that I could choose from to fit in with my work schedule. I’m happy to say that my shoulder has not only made a full recovery but I’m also feeling stronger in my body in general, I’m no longer getting pins and needles during the day or pain down my arm and I can sleep through the night. Through strengthening my core and my back I have also noticed I’m no longer suffering from as many migraines as I used to. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to attend the Optimum Movement Centre and for the patience and knowledge from Nick who has educated me on the use of the machines and helped me improve my overall strength and fitness.

Jane Howie

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