Physical Therapy For Your Spine

The human skeleton is practically unique in the entire animal kingdom, since it reflects the human species’ bipedal locomotion. Our primate ancestors traded their vegetarian, tree-bound lifestyle for a life of running and hunting game, and that resulted in a skeleton featuring long leg bones, arched feet, an upright pelvis, and most of all, an S-shaped spine. All of this gave early humanity many evolutionary advantages, but not without cost. A lifetime of walking upright puts a lot of pressure on the spine and the leg’s various joints, and even today, many people around the globe suffer from chronic back pain. The good news is that while back pain is common, all sorts of remedies are available, too. Serious back problems may call for surgery or medication, but other cases simply call for physical therapy in a hospital or even visiting a chiropractor or a yoga expert. For example, muscle testing machines and rehab tools and systems in a hospital may help a patient restore their mobility and arcs of motion, and chiropractic adjusting tools can relieve a patient’s agonized joints without requiring surgery. Physical therapy tools such as muscle testing machines can go a long way for a patient’s recovery.

Why Back Pain Happens

The modern American health industry is a truly vast one, and many experts are hard at work studying trends of American public health in a wide variety of arenas. This includes back pain and spine issues, and the numbers are clear. Around the world, lower back pain is among the most common types of chronic pain, and that is true of Americans, too. At any time, around 31 million Americans suffer from spinal or back distress, and nearly half of all working Americans admit to having back pain problems to some degree. Experts also say that around 80% of the population will suffer from back distress or pain at some point in their lives. One in three women and one in four men suffer from back issues for a variety of reasons.

What causes back issues? Often, years of hard manual labor (such as construction jobs) will wear out the spine, and many surveyed Americans blame ongoing stress for their spinal issues or lower back pain. Pregnant women may experience back and spine issues, and accidents such as sports injuries may certainly cause back issues, too. Not only that, but sheer old age may cause spine issues, since decades of upright walking may compress a person’s spine, pinch nerves, and strain back muscles. The good news is that cases not serious enough for surgery can be addressed with non invasive methods such as chiropracty and muscle testing machines and motion trackers.

Solutions to Back Pain

A patient in a hospital may have suffered an injury that distressed their joints, and that may include their spine. Physical therapists on staff will guide that patient through therapy and recovery sessions, where muscle testing machines and motion trackers may record the patient’s performance and track their progress. Such performance is measured in muscle strength (hence muscle testing machines), as well as the patient’s arcs of motion and their limits before they start suffering pain when moving. Advanced software can help study a patient’s movements to determine when they are ready to be released, and a released patient will have fully restored strength and arcs of motion with little to no pain.

Meanwhile, other patients may visit their private physician to explain their back pain, and this is a common reason to visit the doctor. In turn, the doctor may refer the patient to chiropractors, pain clinics, or even yoga experts. A chiropractor may use basic tools or even their bare hands to adjust a patient’s bones and bone muscles to relieve pressure, erase pain, and restore full motion in any affected joint. The same may be done when the patient signs up for private yoga sessions, and over the course of multiple sessions, the patient will perform a variety of poses and stretches. All this can relieve pressure on nerves or muscles and restore the patient’s flexibility and arcs of motion, as well as erase their joint or nerve pain. All this can be done without surgery or medication in many cases.

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