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Debunking Three Common Myths about Chiropractic Treatment

Have you ever heard the term “bone crusher?”

No, I’m not talking about the latest Marvel superhero, extreme workout challenge, or fear-inducing rollercoaster.

All good guesses though!

If this term does sound vaguely familiar in your search for understanding the benefits of a chiropractic treatment, it is because it is the one some people associate with chiropractors. It is this type of misleading language that will often send those that would benefit most from a chiropractic adjustment plan running for the door.

So let’s look at breaking down three common myths surrounding chiropractic care:

1. CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS ARE PAINFUL

I don’t know about you, but an alternative pain management therapy that is referred to as “bone crushing” sounds anything but therapeutic to me! No wonder people feel nervous about signing on for a treatment plan that will make the pain worse before it gets better.

The myth that chiropractic treatments will be painful is 100% wrong. If anything, a patient may feel a bit of pressure or some discomfort, but generally hands-on spinal manipulation therapy has not been known to cause pain. What chiropractic patients will find is that aligning the musculoskeletal structure allows the body to heal, ultimately ridding the patient of the pain that they were seeking relief from.

Taking the time to not only learn about health options but to also get assessed for them is a good choice.

2. ONCE YOU START SEEING A CHIROPRACTOR YOU WILL HAVE TO KEEP GOING BACK

This one is also false!

A patient who is experiencing acute pain will be assessed and given a chiropractic treatment plan. Each plan depends on the specific needs of their condition. Often times acute issues will require a couple of visits to establish lasting relief from the pain, and then there is no need to return.

Some patients however, will opt for ongoing treatment because they recognize the benefits of aligned bones on both their physical and mental wellbeing. Many report feeling a lift in their overall vitality and quality of life.

Back Pain is commonly treated by chiropractors in toronto, as are many other aches and pains.
There are many causes of back pain…knowing yours can lead to better treatment.

3. CHIROPRACTORS ONLY DEAL WITH BACK PAIN

Chiropractors work primarily to relieve pain in the muscles, joints and connective tissues like ligaments and cartilage. Most patients seek relief for back related conditions like a herniated disk or muscle strain, but chiropractors can also help with sports injuries and headaches.

A treatment example for a sprained ankle would be to align the bones in the foot to correct the issue causing the tissue damage, using athletic tape to keep the alignment in place. That procedure can be followed by either ultrasound, laser or electrotherapy to reduce the swelling. This type of treatment plan can often greatly reduce the healing time.

Headache sufferers know just how disruptive the pain they experience can be to their day-to-day lives. Chronic headaches can affect their ability to function at work, interact with family and friends, and experience joy. Chiropractors employ a variety of methods to manage headaches, including manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and acupuncture. Each plan is unique to the individual patient.

As you can see there is no bone crushing involved here. Chiropractors provide an alternative pain management course of treatment that puts bones back in their happy place!

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How Do I Fix My Back Pain?

Back Pain…It Can Be Better! Here’s how…

( Transcription of video found at: https://youtu.be/Ikt-f8iGO54 )

Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Dave. Hopefully you’re all doing well, enjoying your day, and you’re out there creating those great experiences in your life.

You know what can get in the way of great experience every day? It’s definitely back pain!

Back pain is not fun. I want you to know that it can be better. That’s the big message for today. If you woke up one morning and you suddenly thought how I got 20 years older, how come I can’t just stand straight, how come every step is an effort, and my back just hurts…. And, you think to yourself, where did this come from, how did this happen, why me, what’s this situation I’m in?

You Are Not Alone

I have to tell you that you’re not alone. About 80 percent of North Americans are going to have back pain at some point in their life and about 40 percent of that 80 are going to have chronic back pain. This means that some component of the back issue is going to persist through their life. That’s about a third of the population that has some kind of back issue that’s just not going away, and that’s too much.

I don’t want you to be in that portion of that population.

Back pain is not fun…but treatment is available!

 

Back pain can happen for a whole bunch of reasons; it can happen from accidents, car accidents, slip and falls, and sporting accidents. It can happen from other things that are more innocuous like pregnancy, working at a physical laborious job every day, working at a sedentary job every day and then, sometimes, unfortunately, believe it or not, back pain can happen for no reason at all.

Why Do I Have Back Pain?

It’s probably because you’ve been walking and engaging in things on this earth of ours as a human being. Stuff has just accumulated and the reality is there’s been a lack of maintenance. It’s just happened as a part of your life. Chiropractors want to know what the difference is, have you been working, or haven’t you? What have you been doing, what haven’t you been doing? Because your story is more relevant than your problem or your pain, and because who has the problem is more significant in getting it better than what the actual problem is.

Usually the diagnosis isn’t that challenging, but the prognosis on what’s going to happen is based on you as a person. It’s based on what you bring to the table and what’re you willing to do. Where have you been, where are you now, and where do you want to go? And why is that so valuable, why do chiropractors spend that time? It’s because we want to avoid masking the situation, masking the pain. Temporary short term solutions are just Band-Aids that help you get by while the problem is actually getting worse. Then you end up in that third of the population that has that chronic back pain. Not good.

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Hands on treatment is drug fee and surgery free!

 

You Can Be Better…but ask for help.

So contrary to popular belief you can be better, you can escape the back pain and it starts with that first step. I don’t like to post a lot of DIY stuff or “do this stretch” for your back or “be aware of this”. It’s very valuable and there’s some merit to it, but my concern is that people view that as a solution to their back pain. It quite often helps but it very rarely fixes the cause of the source of the problem. Without examining you, without sitting down with you, without knowing your story, I don’t want to provide that advice or direction, without you being really clear that maybe you’re just doing some relief stuff but you’re not actually fixing or correcting the problem. Are you making it as good as you want it to be, because maybe we don’t have all that information?

So that first step starts with contacting a chiropractor, making an appointment, doing the consult, doing the exam and only then you can really discover what options you have that are individualised and personalised to you to get you out of that back pain.

If you’re ready for some fun, you want to be pain free, you don’t want to be in that part of the population as a statistic with the chronic back pain… then make the call today. Find the chiropractor in your area that you can go see. If your friends and family see somebody, chances are that you’d like them as well, go see them. If you’re in the greater Toronto area and you can make it to Yonge and Bloor, we’d be happy to see you, I’d love to help. See me on social media, find my website, send me an email, give us a call, I’d be happy to talk to you before you come in, but make that first step, reach out, I’d be happy to help.

If you’d like to reach me, ask me a question, or book an appointment, click HERE.

 

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Neck Pain: 3 causes, one solution

Poor Posture/Position, Prior Trauma and Poor Maintenance.

I wonder if owls ever get neck pain. It’s always amazing to see nature films where owls are observed turning their heads virtually 360 degrees. While hunting, the ability to swivel their head in combination with their incredible eyesight makes them skilled at catching their small prey.

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