MONITORING PAIN and QUESTIONING HELP PAIN RELIEF
Your Easley chiropractor understands how troubling back pain may be for our spine-related pain patients. A study that looked at the topic of whether focusing on pain for low back pain patients - by asking them questions about their pain weekly – influenced the patients in a negative way. The result: frequent questioning about pain didn’t prove to be a bad thing. It may have even been helpful! The low back pain intensity scores at 12 months’ follow up were lower for the patients who were monitored than the scores of patients who were not monitored every week! (1) Our chiropractic treatment plan which includes spinal manipulation - 90% of which is delivered by chiropractors in the US - is managed by your input about your pain experience. We ask you about it at every Easley chiropractic appointment and modify your treatment frequency and type as you get better according to the 50% Rule like visits are reduced by 50% when 50% relief is realized and treatment protocol may change from protocol 1 (single segment, one motion) to protocol 2 (single segment, all ranges of motion, may include more segments as tolerance testing allows). We can talk more about these protocols if you like. A little focus on pain goes far in terms of pain relief!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains the central role the patient’s pain experience and feedback plays in the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Don’t Be Sedentary
A sedentary Easley lifestyle at any age is not good. As we age and want to enjoy our older years, we must not be sedentary. Grow old actively! Comparing how and when non-active older adults exercised – 60 minutes in the morning or 30 minutes each in the morning and evening – researchers found significant improvements in lower limb strength, large improvements in walking speed and daily activities, improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, and enhancements in agility as demonstrated by TUG (time-up-to-go from a seated position) test results in both groups. There were slightly better results in the 30/30 group indicating that there may be an advantage to breaking up afternoon sedentariness with exercise. Physical activity exercise for older adults is vital for physical as well as mental and psychosocial health. Young Chiropractic urges our chiropractic patients to not be part of the 31% of the world’s population who are thought to not presently meet recommended levels of activity. (2) Let’s see what activity is best for you!
CONTACT Young Chiropractic
Make your next Easley chiropractic appointment today! We’ll see you then and be sure to ask you how your pain is and how active you are! We’re here for you!