September, 2011 Archive

Free On line assessment for anyone experiencing back pain or sciatica

Are you suffering with acute or chronic back pain? Have you already tried everything? Maybe you’ve already tried medication, traditional physiotherapy, chiropactic, or massage……Are you looking for advice & guidance on what next steps you should take to address your back pain or sciatica?

Take this free on line assessment to see if MDT (Mechanincal Diagnosis and Therapy), or the McKenzie Method could work for you. See the link provided under McKenzie Method on our website or simply go to: http://www.mckenzieinstitutecanada.org/method-quiz.cfm.

If you are a candidate for MDT, you should notice definite improvement in your symptoms within the first 3 sessions.

Should I use heat or ice?

A question I am often asked is: “Do I use heat or ice after an injury?“. The answer is simple. During the first 24-48 hours following an acute injury, always remember this rule of thumb: “R.I.C.E” –Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation. This rule goes for ALL injuries – even back or neck injuries respond well to ice in the initial stages of healing.

You may not be aware that all injuries heal in stages. These stages are:
1. Inflammatory Phase (0-5 days): characterized by pain, swelling and heat
-this phase may be prolonged if not managed appropriately!
-If the acute phase lasts longer than 5 days, consult your medical doctor or physiotherapist
2. Proliferation Phase:(about 5-15 days)
-Scar tissue starts to build and contract
-Light stretching and movement will benefit wound healing, physiotherapy should be initiated
3.Remodelling Phase:(15 days up to a year)
-Scar tissue becomes tighter and stronger for up to 2 months
-Scar tissue remodels according to the stresses placed upon it for up to a or longer
-More intense activity would be appropriate
No injury can be made to heal faster than normal/natural speed. While the injury is healing however, we must make sure not to delay healing through inappropriate management initially. So remember R.I.C.E for the first 24-48 hours. Once the inflammatory phase is over, you can use heat OR ice and gradually return to activity. **Ice linaments are not the same as an ice pack, and are not effective in controlling inflammation**

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