Impact Health has the Lakeland’s most comprehensive treatment options, all under one roof

Back pain.

It can be nagging, limiting, even debilitating. People spend a lot of money dealing with back pain, and its societal cost in terms of treatment, lost productivity, and lost enjoyment of life is staggering.

There are several types of back pain, with several causes. And when your back hurts, your body will compensate however it can to find some comfort and relief.

“Sometimes your back pain could be the reason for your tight hip muscles,” says Param Singh, physiotherapist and owner of Impact Health. “Sometimes your back is the reason why your foot arches are not correct. And every time you walk, you’re putting that stress in your back, and your back pain is getting worse.”

There are many treatment options. Physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy can help you deal with back pain.

But as the saying goes, if your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. A chiropractic clinic will do its best to relieve your pain, as will a massage therapist or a physio clinic, all using the techniques at their disposal.

Impact Health offers the benefits of a bigger toolbox. Their multi-disciplinary team includes a chiropractor and a massage therapist, as well as the Lakeland’s widest offering of physiotherapy options including laser, acupuncture, dry needling, traction, and shockwave therapy.

These complement the benefits of traditional exercise-based physiotherapy, Singh said.

“It’s the core muscles that support the back. Whatever treatment you receive, the benefits will only be temporary unless you strengthen the core,” he said.

“That’s why most people we see say they’ve tried everything, but they still live in pain—because they never looked into the strengthening part of it.” He compares it to treating an infection with antibiotics.

“If you stop the medicine as soon as you feel better, you haven’t succeeded in treating the infection. It’s the same with back pain—treatments can relieve your pain, but you have to complete the rehab program if you want to be healthy.”

Impact Health uses K-Laser and shockwave to stimulate circulation into discs and spinal joints, helping to speed healing. Acupuncture and dry needling help to release deep-muscle tension that causes pain. And Impact’s physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists collaborate as a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a treatment program that is well-suited for each individual. “I think we are getting more success because of our multi-disciplinary practice,” Singh said. “We have a big toolbox when it comes to treating lower back. Acupuncture, dry needle, shockwave, laser, and traction—there is nothing else when it comes to modalities right now in North America.”