Other doctors explained that the cause of my pinched nerve was a herniated disc, but they always gave me symptom-masking medications or told me to rest.
The physical therapists at Back in Motion took it a step further.
The physical therapy team at Back in Motion didn’t just want to know the cause, they wanted to know the CAUSE of the cause…
A herniated disc commonly causes pinched nerves (especially in middle aged adults).
But what caused the herniated disc that caused the pinched nerve?
I gave my physical therapist at Back in Motion a rundown of my daily activities, as well as the movements that made my symptoms feel worse.
The questionnaire was followed by a physical examination which included specific movements that revealed my strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
My physical therapist at Back in Motion took a totally different approach than the other doctors I spoke with: he used the testing and questionnaire to pinpoint why my symptoms kept coming back and why symptom-masking treatments such as pills and rest were ineffective.
I learned that the muscles surrounding my neck were so weak that they couldn’t support the structure of my spine very well.
Not only that, but when I showed him what I thought was “good posture,” he explained that my neck sat too far forward and that my shoulders were rounded, creating extra tension in the muscles around my pinched nerve.
I then showed him a few of my Zumba movements. He explained that there were certain ones that I was doing incorrectly due to a lack of flexibility in my back.