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WEEKLY WELLNESS - Stiffness Before Pain

Welcome back to Weekly Wellness Tallahassee! Did you know, two of the biggest reasons people experience back pain are from poor sitting posture and repetitive flexion of those joints?  The average person bends forward about three to five thousand times per day, but rarely bends backwards.  If you spend long periods of time bending forward repeatedly or sitting with poor posture, you may start to notice increased stiffness, numbness, tingling, and pain in the low back.  Over time, this repetitive flexion starts to disrupt your joints, creating an obstruction, or something physically blocking the joint from moving freely.  This obstruction is the stiffness we experience.  If our daily behaviors and positions are not altered, this joint will continue to move in the same direction, and that stiffness you’ve been experiencing will likely lead to pain.  

However, there is good news!  Typically, stiffness appears before pain, as a warning sign.  By checking your range of motion daily, you are able to expose a musculoskeletal condition, before it escalates to pain and loss of function.  Given the right instruction, you will be able to lower the risk of injury and prevent the onset of pain, before you even notice it’s there!

If your stiffness evolves into pain or loss of function, contact a JointStrong Care Coordinator today to set up a telehealth evaluation with a JointStrong Physical Therapist. The JointStrong telehealth program provides you with convenient one-on-one access to physical therapists that specialized in the treatment of back, neck, and joint pain all from the comfort and safety of your home. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 855-293-0340.


We hope you enjoy this Weekly Wellness segment! If this movement isn't for you, we recommend searching for JointStrong in the Apple or Google Play Stores and download our completely free mobile application for further support, and remember to check back weekly for additional updates and new movements to keep your entire body happy and healthy!

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  • Diagnostic Assessment of your musculoskeletal condition to ensure the proper diagnosis of your musculoskeletal condition.

  • Personalized Treatment Plan tailored to the results of your diagnostic assessment and user-provided demographic data, level of pain and current mobility

  • On-Call Wellness Coaches available at your convenience to assist with questions, concerns you in maintaining your musculoskeletal wellness

  • Customized Self-Care Education for your condition and prevention to assist you in maintaining your musculoskeletal wellness

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