Athletic Therapy, Biomechanics, Menu, Posture, Wellness

Ouch! My Back!

‘Tis the season for joint pain- especially low back pain. With all the business of the holidays we inherently spend more time rushing to and fro, sitting and visiting, and taking less care of ourselves.

It’s the time of year where I start to get more complaints from my clients and patients about nagging back pain, and/or “throwing” their backs out.

It’s a common complaint no matter what time of the year, but in the cold, slippery months that accompany the beginning of winter- it becomes more and more frequent. Whether it’s from slipping on ice, lifting heavy boxes, spending too many hours driving or standing, sleeping in different places, or just stress and tension. The last thing we want during the holidays is to be laid up with pain.

So- what do you do when you experience that pain, or that incident that causes the back complaints?

If you’ve fallen or had an incident that results in new back pain- see a licensed musculoskeletal professional (athletic therapist, sport med doc/or ortho doc, physio, etc) to check you out and make sure you get on the right track to recovery. Ice for the first few days, and then heat… and gentle movement when you feel ready to do so (walking is the best rememdy for back pain, often, but your body will tell you when it’s ready to proceed) followed by a more prescribed plan from your healthcare and movement professional.

If you have a history of back pain that comes back like the grinch- then follow these few tips to get yourself movement and feeling better. Easily fit into your daily life and holiday schedule- they’ll save you from ongoing pain for longer then just the holiday season!

  • Wall Slides: I give the exercise A LOT. In fact, I think it’s probably the most featured exercise on this blog and in my chart notes. That just adds to the proof that is one of the most beneficial ones for us hossack-painpic1of3all to be doing! Getting your back flat against the wall (it helps to have the feet in front of you just a bit so you can tilt that pelvis back), bring your arms to the wall as well (or in front of you at 90deg), slowly slide them up and down KEEPING THE BACK ON THE WALL. Do this in sets of 10-15, as many times as you’d like through the day. Not only does this strengthen to the upper postural muscles, it stretches the low back and maintains an optimal spine posture.
  • McGill Curl: Another favourite. Bracing/pushing out with the core muscles, get in the IMG_4212position shown below and curl up and down- focusing on keeping the core active active active! Repeat on both sides in sets of 10-15. This exercise reminds the brain how to use the core, which is integral to spine health.
  • Spine Twists: Only pursue this if it feels right for your body! A lovely mobilization for the low back and stretch for the hips.
  • Hydration: Water is SO important for us. Especially this time of year. If you have any sort of chronic pain, anywhere, increasing your hydration will benefit you. The 8 glasses a day rule isn’t that far off, but I know for myself I feel my best when I go through 3ish L a day. Yes, it takes getting used to. But adding lemon, or infusing fruits/herbs in the water can help. Tea counts too!
  • Walking: This is possibly the BEST thing for low back pain. Brisk walking either outdoors or on a treadmill, with arms swinging naturally, and the core active. Try 10-20min a few times a day and feel the difference it makes!

As always, if you have any questions about your low back pain.. or any issue, don’t hesitate to contact me!

 

Athletic Therapy, Chronic Pain, Menu, Posture, Self-Development, Wellness

What’s Your Coverage?

Athletic Therapists (CAT(C)) are highly trained in the art and science of rehabilitating injury, managing chronic pain, preventing injuries, and assessing and correcting movement. You will also see AT’s on the sidelines of my sporting events as the first response to injuries and taking care of athletes when it comes to taping and rehabilitation. They are recognized exercise science professionals.

Here in Manitoba, many insurance companies offer excellent coverage for athletic therapy treatments.

We are all athletes- don’t let pain, dysfunction, or poor posture slow you down.

Here’s an overview of some of the coverages in MB. Be sure to check your coverage and use it if you have it!

If you hold a plan with Blue Cross, typically their extended coverage plans cover between 80-100% of athletic therapy treatments up to a certain dollar amount per calendar year (works out to 7-15 treatments depending on the plan).

TEACHERS! You have AMAZING AT coverage at 100% with the Manitoba Teacher’s Socieity.. make sure you’re using it!!!

If you’re a student and you’ve opted into your health plan at your University, Greenshield covers you up to usually $300-$400/year, that works out to 7-10 sessions.And for you football players, MB Football offers 100% coverage if you’ve been injured in practice or a game. Riders- MB Horse Council does also have some insurance coverage for injuries involving you and your horse. Many other sporting associations offer insurance coverage with their yearly membership fees.

Great West Life has some insurance coverage for athletic therapy treatments!

WCB and MPI will both cover athletic therapy costs after an injury at work or in your car- so don’t forget hesitate on making a claim or contacting your therapist to get the appropriate paperwork done.

When it comes to other insurance providers, often they will cover athletic therapy if a formal request is made- this is something your therapist can do or help you with. Athletic Therapy can also be claimed on your taxes within the health benefits category.

If you have it- take advantage of it! Even if you don’t have an acute injury, seeing an Athletic Therapist can improve areas of chronic pain or stiffness, energy, and function in work and play!

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