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What is Holding You Back
regarding your back pain?

Are you holding back from taking control of your back pain?

Most Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Left untreated, back pain can seriously impact daily living, yet almost 15 percent of Canadians report they do nothing to treat their back pain, while almost 50 percent treat the symptoms, not the causes. Take the quiz below to shed more light on the issue of avoiding back pain.

What is holding you back?

Q1. Do you experience recurring back pain that
comes and goes every month?
Yes No
Q2. Do you experience daily or weekly back pain?
Yes No
Q3. Do you miss out on sports or physical activities
as a result of back pain?
Yes No
Q4. Do you believe there is no effective treatment
for back pain?
Yes No
Q5. Are you concerned that treatment for back pain
might not be covered by your extended benefits plan?
Yes No
Q6. Have you taken a pain reliever for more than
three days in a row to treat your back pain?
Yes No
Q7. Are you worried about what a diagnosis might
mean if you visit a professional?
Yes No
Q8. Do you hope that your back pain will go away
on its own?
Yes No
Q9. Are you too busy to seek treatment for
your back pain?
Yes No
Q10. Do you just tough it out when you
experience back pain?
Yes No

If you answered YES to four or more of the questions or YES to questions 9 or 10, you are probably avoiding dealing with back pain that is limiting your comfort and activities.

If you experience back pain that restricts your activities and lasts for more than three or four days, stop holding back and visit a professional. Current thinking suggests that an integrated approach is the best way to tackle uncomplicated back pain. A combination of specific exercise and manual therapy, together with eliminating the triggers of your pain are often successful in getting people pointed in the right direction towards a healthy back. A significant trigger, for example, is postural difficulties related to work and daily activities of living.

Dr.Ormond is a chiropractor dedicated to providing clients with natural, gentle, evidence based health care in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Services include: chiropractic treatment; soft tissue therapy; medical acupuncture; custom orthotic inserts and shoes; and rehabilitation. Posture advice to support the spine and relieve stress is a key element in patient care success.

Dr. Ormond's 10 General Tips for a Healthy Back

  1. Exercise regularly.
  2. Follow a healthy diet.
  3. Maintain good posture as much as possible.
  4. Do an active warm up before activity and stretch after.
  5. Don't overload your backpack or shoulder bag.
  6. Stretch your legs and back after each hour of sitting.
  7. Never cradle the phone between your neck and shoulder.
  8. Sleep on your back or side, not on your stomach.
  9. Invest in a good chair, pillow and mattress. It's worth it!
  10. Have regular spinal check-ups.

Back Problem Warning Signs

  • Leg pain with numbness, tingling, and/or weakness.
  • Back or leg pain with coughing or sneezing.
  • Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time.
  • Stiffness in the morning that decreases when you move around.
  • Pain in your hip, buttock, thigh, knee, or foot.
  • Inability to turn or bend to each side equally.
  • Unbalanced posture, when your head, neck, or shoulder may be higher on one side than the other.
  • Pain which prevents you from sleeping well.
  • Pain that persists or worsens after 48 hours.

Pointing clients in the right direction towards a healthy, pain free, and productive lifestyle is important to Dr. Mitch Ormond. Treating most conditions is the easy part, its following through with the decision to get a problem taken care of that is the hard part.

Call 416.598.4999, email Dr. Mitch Ormond , or drop by the clinic for more information. You can get specific directions to the clinic by filling out our Mapquest® form.

Find out more about how we can help with your individual health care needs. Appointments recommended.

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