NECK PAIN or BACK PAIN: Why aren’t more people taking advantage of this treatment?


So many people are suffering in pain from painful knots in their neck, shoulders and back. Many have spent countless hours at the doctor, in therapy and with Dr. Google attempting to get rid of their pain.

The irritable, hard “knots” within the muscle or connective tissue that may cause pain over a large area are called trigger points.

Dry Needling is a safe and highly effective way of getting rid of these trigger points. But virtually nobody knows about this. When I offer the service to patients in my office, the usual answer is “What do you mean? Acupuncture?” or “Why didn’t my doctor recommend this?” or “Never heard of it” But after a dry needling session they say, “ Why didn’t I do this before?”

Sure it is not the most comfortable treatment but it works! Here is a study about the benefits of dry needling with neck pain where immediately after the treatment, their pain decreased by 33%. Their pain was 66% less, a week after treatment! Also, those patients treated with dry needling were better able to bend their heads forward and backward and to turn their heads toward the painful side of their necks.”

Source: Mejuto-Vázquez (2014) Short-Term changes in Neck Pain, widespread pressure pain sensitivity, and cervical range of motion after the application of trigger point dry needling in patients with acute mechanical neck pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2014;44(4):261. doi:10.2519/jospt.2014.0502

All rights are reserved to the author and JOSPT.

SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS TREATMENT. I guarantee all those office workers who sit all day can use Dry Needling!

Call MOBO PHYSIO at 647-344-6636 to find out more about this treatment and whether it is suitable for you!

Morris Senior, MScPT, CSCS, FMS, GAMP


Stuart McGill Bird Dog Exercise Video

Morris demonstrates an excellent exercise for establishing reciprocal movement in hips and shoulders while maintaining a stable core. This is great for those rehabilitating from low back pain and helps the progression to pain-free walking. Take a look!


Patients guide to low back pain

Low back pain is one of the most common disorders in North America.  About 80% of people suffer from low back pain at least once in their lifetime.

There are a number of things that increase your risk of developing low back pain.  These include smoking, obesity, older age, female gender, physically strenuous work, sedentary work, stressful job, job dissatisfaction anxiety and depression.  This is not to say that these factors cause low back pain, however they are linked to it.

Low back pain can have many causes.  However, most people suffer from non-specific low back pain, which means that there is not a specific disease or abnormality in the spine clearly causing the pain.  Many people attribute their back pain to a degenerating disc or arthritis, although problems in the muscles, ligaments or joints may be equally responsible.  Many of these problems cannot be seen on imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs or CT scans, however it may be important to undergo these examiantions to rule out more significant pathology.

Rarely, back pain is caused by a potentially serious spinal condition, such as infection, fracture, tumor or cauda equina syndrome.  It is a health practitioner’s role to identify these conditions and manage it appropriately.

There are many forms of treatment for low back pain.  People who suffer from non-specific low back pain or mechanical low back pain can undergo many forms of formal or informal treatment.  These include heat or ice therapy, exercise, physical therapy, manipulation, mobilizations, acupuncture, massage, yoga and interferential current.

The risk for low back pain can be reduced from occurring or returning.  The most important factor is exercise and staying active. Regular exercise that improves cardiovascular fitness can be combined with specific exercises to strengthen the muscles of the hips, torso and core without putting additional strain on the back.  It is also important to avoid repetitive bending or twisting and high-impact activities that increases the stress in the spine.

People with low back pain should learn the right way to bend and lift.  As an example, lifting should always be done with the knees bent and the abdominal muscles tightened to avoid straining the weaker muscles in the lower back.

People who sit or stand for long periods of time should change positions often and use a chair with appropriate support for the back.  An office chair should be readjusted several times through the day to avoid sitting in the same position.  Taking brief but frequent breaks to walk around will also prevent pain due to prolonged sitting or standing.  People who stand in place for long periods can try placing a block of wood on the floor, stepping up and down every few minutes.

Your healthcare provider is the best source of information for questions and concerns related to your health related problems.  Chiropractors are specialists in treating back pain and are trained in identifying all back related problems, including serious conditions.  The providers at MOBO PHYSIO are more than happy to meet with you to review your case.

Dr. Justin Arseneau, DC

Posture and a healthier work environment

As more and more of us are working office jobs, we have changed into a sitting population putting more stress on our bodies.  As a society, we are sitting more and becoming increasingly sedentary.

Chronic inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and obesity.  It also leads to weight gain, weakness and postural changes.

People who work at a computer all day commonly work in a head forward position.  This increases strain on the muscle, ligaments and joints in the neck, often leading to neck pain, which may require treatment and intervention.

A poor workstation can also lead to health issues.  When we reach for the mouse or keyboard, or use them with our wrist or arm in a strained position, stress is put on our wrist, arms and backs that can lead to strains and postural syndrome.

Conversely, people who live a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle and who operate in a healthy work environment perform better at work, have less sick days and are more satisfied with their work.

Although it may seem like a complex and expensive problem, providing a healthier work environment can be simple and inexpensive.  By simple getting up and moving around through your work day, you will improve your posture and will prevent injuries.  Take regular “postural breaks” by getting out of your work chair and stretching.

The professionals at MOBO PHYSIO can help to treat chronic postural changes and aches and pains related to work related pain or help you to provide a healthier workplace in order to prevent injuries.  Visit our website for more information.

Dr. Justin Arseneau