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Chronic pain – Is it stopping you from actively living your life?

Posted on: December 15th, 2017 by Lindsay Walker
Lindsay Walker

PT (Physiotherapist)
Lindsay completed her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 2004. In 2010, she received certification for intramuscular stimulation (GunnIMS). GunnIMS is a physical therapy technique that helps Lindsay treat patients with chronic and stubborn pain. Book with Lindsay Now.


I enjoy anything that keeps me moving and active.  When I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that attacks my spine – it felt like the end of the world.  There are some days when I can barely walk to the bathroom, and other days where I can do a 10km hike with little difficulty.

Activity Modification.  A part of chronic pain is adaptation – sometimes that can mean lifestyle changes.  I played rugby throughout high school and a part of university – probably not the best idea for someone with chronic back issues.  I loved doing yoga and practiced it up to five times a week – until I realized that it wasn’t changing my back pain (in fact, was making it worse!)  But I cut it down to 1-2 days a week, and combined it with a lot of core work and exercises (and rest!). That became a part of the success in keeping my pain under control.

When to seek treatment.  Chronic pain doesn’t necessarily mean an autoimmune condition or a debilitating disease – it can be periodic shoulder problems or re-occurring ankle issues.  Sometimes it means changing activities (switching from a weight bearing activity like running, to biking or swimming) or adapting at home (not carrying heavy groceries or hauling laundry up the stairs).  As well, it can mean having appropriate physiotherapy treatment, and recognizing when you should seek out that treatment.

How ever you need to modify things – it doesn’t matter if you enjoy walking or high intensity training, or if you need assistance balancing your everyday activities – I’ve been through it, and I can help.

Lindsay

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