By Dustin Boudreau, Health and Wellness Columnist
I have been seeing a trend at my clinic for reasons clients are seeking my help. For the last couple of months, new clients have been booking and complaining about chronic low back pain. When I mention chronic pain, I refer to pain that has lasted a few months – either intermittent or constant through the day. Working from home caused by the pandemic has caused many individuals to sit for longer periods of time at a desk (possible lack of socialization in a peer work place), or laying/sitting with no support. We often think of injuries as something that happens quick – like a strain or sprain, but often times injuries happen over a period of time. Its what we do to our bodies that causes pain – as I mentioned before, our bodies are not made to be in pain. Now that we are able to be more active, we are feeling the effects of the muscle imbalances that happened from working from home. When rehabilitating an injury that was created over a longer period of time, we need to keep in mind that it will take a period of time to fix the issue – there is no quick fix for injuries. Be patient, don’t rush healing, and stick to the rehab plan.
One of the things that I strive to do with any of my clients is to listen to their needs, get to know their story, and educate them on their body. The purpose of doing a Health and Wellness article is to help people by providing useful information that they can use to better themselves. I want to approach this column the same way I approach my in-person support with my clients, by listening to them. I have provided columns over the past few months that hopefully provided insight into different ways to be healthy. Now, I want to allow my readers the opportunity to submit questions they have regarding their own health. When submitting questions, please remember that this column is Health and Wellness, not medical. As a veteran RMT (Registered Massage Therapist), and Manual Therapist, and seasoned Personal Trainer, I specialize in soft tissue injuries, posture conditions, chronic pain, exercise, and manipulation of muscles. Questions that are submitted that do not fall into my scope of practice will not be answered.
Those who submit questions will be entered into a draw each month to receive a free treatment at my clinic. I will not be able to answer all questions in the monthly columns, but I will try to provide answers to everyone on the clinic’s Facebook page through single posts or videos with more details.
DC Boudreau, RMT
Boudreau Business Inc.
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