Back and Neck Pain

Back pain is one of the leading causes of absenteeism from the workplace. Approximately 1 in 6 Australians will suffer back pain in a year. 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, injury or inflammation due to a number of reasons including diet and stressors.



There are a number of different systems and methods to help treat back and neck pain. For example:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • 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 has been shown to increase strength, mobility and reduce pain. Getting your body simply moving again is important, using slow rhythmic movements to begin. MedX equipment uses scientifically proven technology and incorporates years and millions of dollars of medically based, independent and university based research. This equipment is designed to increase strength, endurance and motion. This equipment has been known to help thousands of people reduce or eliminate their back pain whilst increasing function and quality of life. (Source http://www.medxonline.com/about.php)

The OMC incorporates MedX equipment along with functional exercises to build strength, increase power, mobility, flexibility, agility, endurance, reduce pain and prevent further injury. Suffering from back and / or neck or any injury for that matter, does not mean you will lead an impaired life. Following a correct treatment program incorporating exercise, stretching and correct body mechanics may quickly help regain quality of life. Even if you have never experienced injury or back pain, it is important to get your body moving correctly, helping to increase strength and mobility for injury prevention. For more articles and research, click here

Resources:

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







It is now over 12 months since I started regularly going to the Optimum Movement Centre (OMC). After years of sitting for long extended periods, either with long haul flying, or at my desk at work, not only did I slowly lose mobility, but started to experience back pain and incur injuries. After years of Physiotherapy and Chiropractic corrections, nothing seemed to be reversing the underlying problem just offering short term relief to the symptoms.

In December 2016, while participating in the Yellow Belt Group classes, I suffered an injury to my back with bulging discs. Whilst Medical Practitioners were recommending surgery to stop the pain by numbing my nerve endings so I couldn’t feel the pain, or welding several vertebrae together, at 37 I felt there had to be a better way that didn’t involve permanent lifelong restriction.

As I had been training with Mark Bolton, who assisted Master Rob to prepare the OMC, I was aware of what the facility might be able to offer. So, when Master Rob, offered me the opportunity to experience the facility, I took the opportunity immediately. Within the first couple of months, I started to see an improvement with my mobility and range of motion. Then the range started to also build strength. With committing to two sessions a week with Nick May, who challenges you every session to take on a little bit more every time, I now have a lot more confidence in my bodies capability and left the fear of injury behind.

Today, not only do I not suffer from any back pain, I haven’t had any further injuries, as the muscles have slowly built up to protect and support my back.

As for what the OMC has done for my Arakan, well that’s a whole nother story. Now that I do not fear suffering an injury and improved my motion and strength, the balance in my round house kicks, and power from my core, is something I couldn’t have dreamt of. Whilst I am a testimony of what the OMC has to offer, participants need to appreciate it is not a quick fix solution. It will produce results, and provide a long term solution, but it does take a regular ongoing commitment.

- Gareth Croy

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