Do you have a nagging back problem that is not going away? Is it hard to take care of your family because of your back? Is it making it hard to work?
Back pain is something that many of us have to deal with on a regular basis. When you have pain lasting for longer than 3 months, it is then considered to be “chronic”.
Have you ever felt like your back is hurting and won't go away? Have you been to various doctors and specialists but none of them seem to really help?
Starting off with some background information, the high back pain of Vennecia, one of our patients, is something that resonates with almost everybody.
Vennecia is a working single mom who finds herself busy balancing work and family life. For the most part, she manages to do both fairly well, with a few small challenges here and there. But recently, Vennecia has been feeling pain in her lower back, which keeps her from sitting properly when she frequently finds herself able to work from home. She also finds it hard to bend over while playing on the floor with her children. Oneday,y while placing a warm towel around her back, she found that it helped slightly. But, using heat and stretching only helped a bit, but made no lasting change in the severity of her back condition. She had tried lots of things before but nothing seemed to have worked. What finally worked for her was Intramuscular Stimulation. In this post, you will find out what Intramuscular Stimulation treatment is. You will learn how it can aid in your ability to live a life with less back pain. You will also get other tips on how to get your pain under control.
Why Does Fixing Your Lower Back Pain Matter?
Lower back pain, especially if the pain goes down into your leg, can really slow you down. In rare cases, surgery is needed to help relieve your problem.
There can be many causes for your injury. Some of these include things like:
being in a car accident
hurting yourself playing sports
bad posture over a long period
lifting heavy objects
sitting at a desk for too long without taking breaks
falling down stairs.
Because of all this, you could end up spraining the joints in your back. Once an injury becomes chronic, it can be really hard to get rid of it. Sometimes, these injuries will turn into chronic back pain.
What Is Intramuscular Stimulation Treatment?
Intramuscular Stimulation is a treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin. Neuro-WHAT? Okay, that is just a fancy word for what happens when your nerves stop working properly. These irritated nerves then become very sensitive. So what is the big deal about irritated nerves?
Well, when your nerves become more sensitive:
your muscles will get tight and shorten
You get changes in blood flow
You tend to feel less tickled because your body starts diminishing the sense of touch
You might feel sudden onsets of a headache.
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What Happens When You Visit Your IMS Physiotherapist?
Consultation: In your visit with your physiotherapist, you will be asked questions about your pain. You may also be asked about other treatments you have tried and your lifestyle.
Exam: Next, your physio will have you do different tests as part of your physical examination. You may have your posture looked at. You may be asked to move around. You may be tested on your strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Review: After your physical check – up, your physio will evaluate your condition by looking at your reports, range of motion, strength, and more. He will also discuss your health history and ask you about your daily activities, health problems, and past injuries. This information helps the physiotherapist to plan your treatment and outline a strategy for your treatment accordingly.
Treatment: Your physiotherapist will look for ways to help you to achieve your goals. Treatment may include manual therapy, exercise, heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, modalities, dry needling, therapeutic exercises, manual lymphatic drainage, posture advice, ergonomic advice, footwear advice, dietary advice, or other treatments. Your physiotherapist will create a treatment plan specifically for you.
So, should I try Intramuscular Stimulation Treatment?
IMS treatment might be the answer you are looking for to help you with your pain.
Some of the injuries that have been helped by this treatment include:
lower back pain
Tendonitis and more.
How Long Does IMS Treatment Take to work?
Acute or newer injuries usually get better faster than injuries you have had for a long time. Sometimes, you may start feeling better even after your first visit. More often, you should notice improvements after 2-3 weeks of Intramuscular Stimulation treatment with your physiotherapist.