Whether you work at a desk all day, work in manual labor, play sports or are a weekend warrior, your spine does a tremendous amount of work to keep you moving against gravity as efficiently as possible.
Your neck holds a 9-pound circular object (your head) all day and allows you to see, hear and have body awareness with exceptional precision. Most of our days have us in a forward position and so our head goes forward thus creating more work for our neck and mid back.
Additionally, traumatic injuries will not only affect the neck, but will involve the mid back as well.Your mid back is a little like the middle child in that it can be forgotten in the limelight of the neck and the low back. But the mid back, also known as the thoracic spine, is known as the best friend of the spine. If the best friend is not taken care of then it will take out its frustration on the neck and/or the low back. Watch what your mid back does when you reach back, when you reach up or when you jump. It is essential for all movements.
Low back pain has shown to have cost more than 100 billion dollars in one year according to US statistics. It is where we abuse our spine the most and the most forces are placed right in this area of our spine. From how we make our beds, to sitting all day, to digging that ditch or any sport, our low backs are constantly moving and bearing heavy loads.
While imaging (CT scan, MRI, X-ray) will show a picture of what your spine looks like, it does not show how it moves. Imaging can be a positive for a further work up if a musculoskeletal exam reveals a “Red Flag” situation. Where it becomes a negative is when the imaging promotes a fear in the patient which may come in these forms:
At Vertical Wall, we will precisely determine what is limiting you from moving pain free or just moving as well as you should. Contact us with further questions!
A native of Sherwood, Dr. Schulz utilizes cutting edge manual therapy techniques from leaders in the Physical Therapy profession. These studies have taken me to Australia, Colorado, California, Nicaragua, Washington and Oregon..