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Do you have pain when you walk, get out of bed, exercise, or just doing your everyday activities? This can be because something is out of balance and it generally is not the most obvious problem.
At the clinic, we see people every day with pain somewhere in their body – knee, back, neck, foot, etc. The usual cause of the pain is an imbalance in the body. The body has to work as a unit and if for example the hips are not doing their job it will cause the knee, foot or back to hurt or if you do not use your shoulders correctly it will cause neck pain.
Many times people and doctors do not understand the imbalances and how to recognize them and how important they are to your symptoms. In fact, a lot of common advice you get from friends and family can actually make your pain worse. For example, people will tell you to strengthen your back when you have back pain. Your back muscles are very small and are more for stability. Generally the issue is that you are not using your glutes or butt properly. The glutes are the strongest muscle in the body and they are not used, the back muscles will be overused and cause pain.
Another common imbalance is overusing your neck area (upper trap/levator) rather than using your shoulder blade muscles (lower trap). This will cause a lot of compression of the neck and impingement of the shoulder when you reach to pick up something and will contribute to both neck and shoulder pain.
If you want to fix these imbalances, you should consider coming for a free screening. We will assess your movement to look for imbalances which will cause pain. Many patients initially put off getting treatment as they think that the pain will go away with time, but 6 months later the problem is just getting worse. Expert advice, exercises and hands-on treatment provided in physical therapy can decrease your pain, improve posture, strengthen weak muscles and correct imbalances.
Call 414-235-3660 or fill out this form for your free consultation with a Physical Therapist!
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