Whether you have recently started waking up with generalized aches and pain or suffering from chronic pain for a long time, physiotherapy has been proven to be the best possible treatment method for you.
A sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, or an injury can all contribute to aches and pains. The bad news is that the pain is probably not going to go away on its own. The good news is that a physiotherapist can put you back on the right track and help get rid of those aches and pains.
Are you ready to return to a life that’s not limited by pain? Contact The Running Physio in Toronto, ON to schedule an appointment and get on the road to recovery.
Why am I in pain?
If you suffer from generalized aches and pains when you wake up in the morning, here is what your physiotherapist might tell you. Our bodies build up inflammation in the tissues throughout the day. This can be extremely subtle and you may not notice it, even by the end of the day.
But when we lie down and go to sleep, the inflammation can thicken and settle into your muscles. This in turn immobilizes your joints and can lead to aches and pains when you wake up. That same process repeats, day after day.
Eventually, chronic pain can set in if you do not make any lifestyle changes to correct the problem. This is why it is a great idea to contact our office for a consultation, before the pain leads to more serious health problems.
Is your morning pain a result of your mattress?
According to Spine Health, “Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or worsen lower back pain. Lack of support from a mattress reinforces poor sleeping posture, strains muscles and does not help keep the spine in alignment, all of which contribute to low back pain.
Sleep comfort is also sacrificed if a mattress does not match one’s individual preferences. A mattress that provides both comfort and back support helps reduce low back pain, allowing the structures in the spine to really rest and rejuvenate during the night.”
While the Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every 7 to 10 years, the way you feel in the morning is a better indicator that it’s time to replace your sleep surface.
If your mattress was once comfortable but now seems to be at the root of your aches and pains, it may be time to replace it. Physical changes like injuries, surgery and weight change can also change your body’s position as you sleep, necessitating a faster change in your mattress.
Identify your the cause of your pain in physiotherapy
Your first visit with a physiotherapist will involve a conversation about your symptoms and medical history, as well as some simple tests. Be prepared to answer questions about past injuries that may be contributing to your current aches and pains. Your diet, exercise routine and daily activities will also be discussed. This is to give your therapist an idea of the possible cause or causes of your aches and pains.
You will then be given a series of tests, based on your description of your symptoms. These will involve posture and range of motion exercises, and possibly some strength and resistance tests. When your therapist knows where you are experiencing aches and pains and has determined the likely causes, your personalized physiotherapy treatment plan will be drawn up.
Finding relief with physiotherapy
Physiotherapy has a wide range of tactics and techniques that can be deployed to help with pain management. Here are just a few:
- Movement therapy and exercise
- Cold laser therapy to release endorphins
- Tissue massage
- Joint and bone manipulation
- Microcurrent stimulation to release serotonin
- Manual therapy
Within each of those categories, your physiotherapist has a lot of tools and techniques at their disposal.
For example, movement therapy and exercise might mean running on a treadmill or working in a swimming pool. It all depends on your physical condition, the source of your aches and pains, and the treatment methods that are most likely to meet with results.
Ready to leave your pain in the past? Contact The Running Physio today!
If aches and pains are starting to lower your quality of life, it’s time to take that first positive step by calling our Toronto, ON office.
Contact The Running Physio today to schedule your first appointment with a trained and licensed physiotherapist.