Step into Better Health
As a chiropractor with over two decades of experience, I know that for those people who follow a process, they often achieve better health outcomes. You see a series of steps, one after the other, allows for results to be built upon. After you have completed step one, you move to step two and so on. Now with regards to your spinal health, this same process can be applied.
Many patients ask me:
“How can I keep my spine healthy?”
Here are the three important considerations for you to think about when you set out to improve the health of your spine:
- Relief – from pain
- Recovery – from injury
- Optimisation – of performance
Let’s Start with Back Pain
Lower back pain can be debilitating. It happens to everyone, it seems (up to 80% of us). Life is going along great, and then, presto, you’re flat on your back for a week due to a back injury.
You may have been in a critical car accident, or you may have bent over to pick up a pencil – but either way, the week you had planned is now out the window and you’re wondering if you’ll be ok for next week.
What if it takes longer than a week to heal? For minor back pain, some rest and being put on light-duties (either reduced hours, or reduced workload) may help you recover. But that doesn’t fix the underlying condition – a possible misalignment that caused or aggravated your back injury.
For more serious back injuries, or for pain that lasts longer than three months, you may benefit from a thorough chiropractic checkup.
So what are the steps involved in recovering from a back injury? Let’s look to our three step process now.
Step One: Relief
If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort or decreased mobility, I’ll work with you, as your chiropractor, to identify the source of the problem and give you my best recommendations. Initially I’ll focus on ways to offer pain relief, as nobody wants to be in pain.
In addition, I may suggest ice therapy and/or stretching exercises that you can do at home to compliment your chiropractic care.
In this way, you receive a double benefit. With in-clinic treatment I use my expertise to help your body heal through the chiropractic adjustment. At home, the advice and tips I share with you will hopefully contribute to your own recovery and well-being.
Step one, relief from pain, continues until your pain is reduced or eliminated. Now in a ‘text book’ scenario, after pain subsides you can choose to move to step two: recovery from injury.
Step Two: Recovery From Injury
As your body begins to repair itself, you may start to feel better. But it’s not quite the time to go a ’leapin’ over the mountaintops.
At least, not yet.
A lack of pain, or even dramatically lowered pain levels, does not automatically indicate full recovery. It simply means that the damaged areas nearest your pain receptors are no longer swollen and pressing against the receptors. Other damaged areas may be further from those nerve endings, but may still be quite damaged.
During this part of your chiropractic treatment, I may suggest a different frequency of adjustments, exercises or different forms of therapy that focus on the remaining injury areas. We may work together to correct misalignments that could allow the injury to reappear. Recovery from injury should allow you to move better, which may improve your overall function.
There is no set timeframe for this step. Some people find their injury heals up quiet fast whereas others may look to commit one to two years to fully recovery from their injury. It all depends on your injury type, how long you have been in pain and other factors.
The next step is to maximise your performance so you can achieve your goals.
Step Three: Optimisation
Only after your pain levels have subsided and your injuries have healed can you look to optimise your performance. You see, your form (structure) governs function (how you perform). You need to have a strong and balanced structure in order to optimise your performance.
Once you’ve recovered from your back injury, hopefully you’ll be pain-free. But is this the time to discontinue your back care?
You see, it all depends on your own personal goals. Ongoing spinal care looks to keep your spine balanced and flexible. This may maximise your performance through increased range of motion, better posture habits and improved biomechanics.
At this point, many people choose to continue with their chiropractic care for lifestyle reasons. The choice is up to you – as long as you continue to experience benefits.
Eating right, getting enough sleep, avoiding toxic substances and situations, along with regular chiropractic care, all work together to keep your spine healthy, balanced and flexible.
For those familiar with back pain, you already know that living a pain-free life is a wonderful gift that is not ever to be taken-for-granted.
As your chiropractor, I want this for you! Do you?
Want to Know More About Your Spinal Health?
Please contact your team here at New World Chiro to arrange a consultation with our chiropractors. We will provide you with a thorough chiropractic consultation, a report of findings and may recommend treatment options as required.