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







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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