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






Before starting at the Optimum Movement Centre, my body was in a place that definitely wasn't happy with me due to previous injuries that had happened over the years of my life. I'd been in several big car accidents (one where we hit a tree sideways a 80km/hr as a passenger), a bike & car accident when I was 10 years old (which left me with facial injuries), a few sporting accidents & have always had trouble with my legs where running for longer than 5 minutes has been a problem for most of my life.

Due to the combination of these things I would usually have trouble sleeping, walking, running, siting for longer than 30 minutes, most if not everyday my legs would usually be aching, numb, burning, pins & needles or just feel like they had concrete blocks attached to them.
I got to a point where I thought this was just how it was gonna be, this is how my body was going to work for the rest of my life & it was just something that I was gonna have to deal with. I know there are a lot of people out there way, way worse off than me so I just thought harden up you'll be right.

After the very first session in the Optimum Movement Centre I was pumped! I could finally see a way with the machines, care & knowledge that has been put into that place I could finally get my body to a point where I could function "normally" day to day without pain but not only that, after being in there for a few months I can see my body getting to a point where I can achieve so many new amazing things.
Even when my body has not been happy with me or I've aggravated a previous injured the recovering time is significantly shorter.

In the short time I have been at the Optimum Movement Centre I have seen a dramatic change in all areas of my life! I sleep so much better, the multiple drives to Brisbane each week no longer effect me, I can train & teach Arakan Martial Art without feeling like my body is going to give out or hit a brick wall or my spine is going to snap in half.
I really can't say enough amazing things about the way in has changed to quality of my life & would recommend it to literally everyone!! Whether you are young, old, female, male, injured, no injured it will improve your quality or life & the understanding of your own body.

Seriously give it ago you won't regret it & you'll ask yourself why you didn't try it sooner!!

Nick Stowell


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