By Michael Hall,
You’ve Got Better, Now Here is the Way to Stay Better
It’s a sad fact of life that many people attend health professionals only to receive at best modest and short term relief. They walk out of the practice and sometimes don’t even get to the car before their pain returns, only to have to go back for another “treatment”. Some professions even market themselves this way, saying to their patients that have to return for their services weekly and monthly year in and year out to maintain their health.
Why don’t I experience permanent relief?
What these health professionals don’t tell you is that you will generally only ever get short term relief with just “hands on” or machine based treatment. The reason is that these modalities and techniques only address symptoms and not the causes of problems. It doesn’t matter whether they are a physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, remedial massage therapist, acupuncturist, etc., passive modalities will generally result in just short term physiological and mechanical changes. You will experience a reduction in discomfort until the stresses that caused your problem are re-applied. It’s like taking a pain-killer for your back pain when it is your 12 hours of stooped posture and / or slouched sitting are the cause of your pain. You might feel better for a short time until you re-aggravate your injury again. Other examples might be a person who has neck pain because they turn their head one way all the time because they have reduced hearing in one ear or a person who is bent forward cycling for hours each day. Unless they correct the way they perform these “injuring” activities, their pain will always return.
These treatments may be doing you more harm than good!
The scary thing about these treatments is that they may be doing you more harm than good. Whilst the treatment may have taken away your ability to feel pain, you may continue to aggravate your injury without even knowing it. Not only that, these treatments may be weakening you, by making you more dependent on the treatment.
How to get permanent relief?
So how do you get permanent relief? Permanent relief can only be achieved if the causes of an injury are corrected. These causes relate to abnormal or excessive forces being place on the body’s tissues to the point that the tissues begin to react adversely eventually leading to pain. The key to achieving permanent relief is to correct these abnormal or excessive stresses permanently.
What works best?
Whilst “hands on” or passive treatment (laser, acupuncture, dry needling, laser etc.) generally achieves short term gains, corrective targeted exercise achieves medium term gains and postural and functional movement correction leads to long term gains. In other words, to get permanent relief, every day posture and movement habits must be corrected. This takes about a month to create new movement or postural habits.
Whilst “hands on” and passive treatment enhances the healing process, corrective exercise improves joint mobility as well as muscle control and strength, correcting posture and movement habits normalises the physical stresses permanently. We believe that it is only by combining, sequencing and packaging these reinforcing elements that you will the best long term results possible.
At Bodywise Health, we believe that life is too short have to return weekly / monthly / forever only to get short term pain relief. Our aim is for you to achieve long term results, so that you can get back to living the life that you want to live.
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