Isolation back pain … is that a thing? The pandemic has challenged us in so many different ways and has forced us to adapt in ways that we have never experienced. One of the things that we have seen change dramatically is how our bodies move everyday. It has forced a lot of us to be at home, sitting down for long periods of time in our makeshift office desk and then proceeding to spending more hours sitting on the couch binge watching our favourite TV show for the 5th time. For some of us, isolation meant that we could finally get to that backyard that always needed a clean or the junk to be finally cleared.
There is nothing inherently “bad” for the back doing either of those – but it is the CHANGE that has caused so many of us to get stiff, sore and painful backs. Yes, unfortunately just like us humans, the back doesn’t really like change, especially big ones.
The good thing is that if the above sounds like you and your back, it is rarely a serious issue, but one that can be resolved if you do the right things.
Ok so what do i do?
The first thing we want to do is to get the back moving a bit better and regain some of the flexibility there.
If you have a ball, tennis ball, cricket ball, massage ball, it can be a really helpful tool to give yourself a bit of a self massage and help with those tight muscles.
Don’t forget about strength!
Way too often we see these back issues come back again and again and again. If back pain becomes chronic it can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with. So once the discomfort goes, getting into a good exercise routine (that’s suitable to your abilities) with some strength exercises can definitely help. Why not make some fun out of it with your family at home?
No two back pains are the same. As much as we think it’s caused by one thing, in reality it is often a combination of issues. The best thing you can do for your back is to chat to a physio and get the treatment specific to your back, your abilities and your lifestyle!
Are we open?
Yes we are, in clinic and online! Majority of our patients we are currently treating are online as we feel that we have a social responsibility to help slow the virus and understand that some are not comfortable to come into the clinic. If you back is sore (and we know that it can be a bit nasty) , we can definitely still see you in the clinic if you’d prefer.
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