Core Instability/Back Pain


The best possible way to function requires your body to have both stability and mobility. Stability has many parts.  In order for our bodies to be stable we have to be able to transfer loads (i.e. stand on one leg, walk, run, squat, lift) while protecting our muscles and joints, breathing and being able to maintain bowel and bladder continence.  Our bodies become a puzzle when they no longer functional optimally or with pain.  Our goal is to understand the puzzle and help you become aware of the things you do that cause an overloading of certain structures (i.e. low back, neck, ribs) and create pain.

How Therapy Can Help

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Our job is to educate you on your anatomy and biomechanics so you can learn optimal function for each region of your body and then integrate that into a whole.  In order to do this we use the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) developed by physiotherapists Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee from Canada.  This model considers the physiological and psychosocial status of the patient as well as the functional integrity of the articular (joints), myofascial (muscles and connective tissues), neural (nerve) and visceral (organ) systems.  This model looks at the cause of your pain versus just looking at the painful structure.

This requires an understanding of how the body functions as a whole and how some problems can impact other areas of the body.  It also requires an understanding of how the things you feel, and believe, about your current experience can impact your function.

The treatment tools I use include:

  • joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • myofascial release
  • dry needling
  • core training
  • movement and awareness training
  • functional exercise integration
  • strength and length exercises as needed for your particular dysfunction
  • Kinesio taping or Leukotape for awareness and support

Ultimately, our goal is to help you change the way you use your body initially by creating an awareness of the things you are doing that are currently overloading structures and creating pain. We will then provide you with the tools needed (education, control, flexibility & strength) to move/exercise in ways that create optimal loading and efficient, pain free movement.


What to Expect

Expect help!  Once you have scheduled your first appointment with us, we will need to gather important information to ensure we provide you with the best possible care.  A patient information packet will need to be completed and provided to our staff when you arrive for your first appointment.  The patient information packet will include a description of what to expect, as well as a patient history questionnaire.  Your patient information packet can be mailed to your home or downloaded here.

By empowering you with the knowledge, movement and awareness necessary to make the changes in your own body, we simply guide you in your own healing process as you transform to live with a healthier, more active body.  The greatest success occurs when you are an active participant in your treatment program and we do expect your commitment.  For more information please visit Frequently Asked Questions.