As a CHEK Practitioner I see new clients every week that come to me because they are suffering from some kind of back, neck, shoulder, or even lower extremity pain. The causes of pain can vary widely from sporting injuries, overuse, trauma, or insidious injury with no obvious or apparent cause.
Most back pain I see is not caused by direct trauma to the back, but by weak muscles around the back, abdominals, and hips (collectively known as the ‘Core’ muscles). This weakness is usually a result of poor posture, lack of exercise, poor exercise technique, or imbalances in the way the body is moving.
My approach is based upon the CHEK Institutes theories of:
- Assessment – finding out where the body’s imbalances, asymmetries and weaknesses are located by taking measurements of the spine and pelvis and testing the function of the muscles.
- Corrective Exercise – using specific prescription of stretches and exercises that are designed for each individual based upon their own specific problems in order to balance, re-educate, and strengthen the muscles, therefore restoring the correct function and posture to the body and eliminating stress points and pain.
- Postural Education – Teaching a client how to move, stand, sit, and sleep may seem like a lot of work but this is an important aspect of removing this type of pain from the body. If a client insists on spending 7 hours a day sitting with poor posture at the office, then their progress will be seriously retarded. This is a key aspect of staying pain free for many people.
Most corrective exercise programmes I prescribe are very simple. So simple, in fact, that you can do them easily in your own home or office. If necessary, I can conduct assessments in your own home too so there really is no reason for you to suffer with pain any longer.
As always, if you would like to find out more, or to arrange an informal chat, click here to contact me.
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