Stop the Cycle of Pain & Depression

Pain and depression often feed on each other in a vicious cycle. Likewise, treating one will often help the other and maybe even stop the cycle of pain and depression.

If you have ever experienced back pain you know just how disruptive it can be on your life. The impact of not being able to participate in our day-to-day activities can cause worry, fatigue, a decrease in self-esteem, sleep disturbances, and financial worry due to an inability to work.

Inevitably dealing with the pain itself as well as the mental ramifications can cause acute depressive symptoms which in turn will magnify the back pain, making the whole experience all-consuming.

Although it sounds like a bleak predicament, it doesn’t have to be. The best way to break the cycle of pain and depression is to take control of your symptoms and seek a treatment that is best suited to you.

 

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Pain and depression often go hand in hand.

How a chiropractor can help?

Chiropractors take a holistic approach when developing individualized chiropractic care plans. They look at the whole body to ensure that you are receiving the most effective pain management treatment for you.

Spinal manipulation is just one of the chiropractic treatment methods employed in easing the pain caused by both acute and chronic back pain, but it is not the only one. A good chiropractor will thoroughly assess your needs and refer you to other professionals if they feel that is what is best for you as the patient. In order to come up with the most effective treatment they will take the time to get to know you and understand the source of your pain.

 

What can you expect from your first visit?

The first step in determining which chiropractic techniques will work best for you, is understanding your medical background and current health status. You will be asked to fill out a form prior to meeting with your chiropractor for the first time.

The second step is a thorough chiropractic exam which may include respiration, blood pressure, and reflex testing. Depending on your symptoms, the chiropractor may also want to asses your range of motion or complete a posture analysis.

All of the information gathered in these initial two steps will help the chiropractor understand your specific needs and develop a chiropractic care plan that will have you stepping back into your daily life without the pain.

 

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Chiropractors are a good resource when dealing with pain.

What is a chiropractic treatment plan?

For each patient the plan will be tailored to suit their diagnosis and individual needs. Chiropractors aim to have you back on your feet and enjoying life as soon as possible. For acute low back pain the treatment plan often ranges from six to twelve sessions over the course of a two to four week period. The initial sessions are often thirty minutes long with the follow-ups being around ten to fifteen minutes.

Your treatment plan will be unique to you and can involve manual spinal manipulations, spinal traction, soft tissue manual therapies, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and therapeutic stretching. Your chiropractor may also refer you to other professionals for diet and nutritional counselling or life counselling.

There are many factors that come into play when we are experiencing debilitating pain. Chiropractors take the full picture into account and recognize the importance of a well rounded care plan that addresses the individual needs of each patient.

Living with pain is something that greatly reduces your quality of life by stealing away those moments when you experience joy in your accomplishments and the things you love to do. Seeking treatment and getting your pain management under control is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Chiropractors can help!

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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!

Back pain getting IN and OUT of a car

This video will help for those who feel back pain when getting in and out of the car.

( Transcript of video originally posted at: https://youtu.be/WLcWnVo0IEE )

Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Dave! Hopefully you’re all out there creating those great experiences in your lives.

I keep mentioning creating those great experiences in your life. Sometimes to get to where you’re going to create those great experiences you must drive. Maybe you take a taxi or an Uber, but you must get there. One of the interesting things is this: Did you know that there’s a right and a wrong way to get in and out of the car?

I know it seems kind of silly but if you’re like me and you’re a hurry, you probably do it this way. You just get in, you put one foot in, you kind of twist, you sit, and you lift the other leg in, right? You do it one leg at a time. Interestingly, if you’ve ever had back pain, you’ve probably found that hard to do. That’s because it is a hard thing to do!

There’s a lot of movement involved and that can strain different parts of your body. If you’re healthy maybe it’s not that big a deal.  If we want to avoid problems or especially if you’re noticing some problems, we don’t want to aggravate things or set ourselves up to fail.

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A good thing to do when you’re getting in is to open the door and then sit first with both legs out the door. Then you can turn both legs in at the same time. This is much less stressful for your lower back, in those joints down there.

I know it seems a little bit silly, but sometimes when it comes to our health what may be the easiest way to do something, or the fastest, is not always the best for us. Sometimes the best way for us slows us down a bit or might even make us feel a bit silly, but the price is less to your health if you do it the right way. You can preserve your health this way.

Remember, when you’re going out to create those great experiences and you’re getting in and out of the car, make sure bum first, feet second and you’re good to go.

 

P.S. get out of the car in the opposite fashion…turn both feet out, bum on the seat, then stand on both feet. 😊 See the video by clicking here.

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3 Common Yet Overlooked Causes of Back Pain

Are you Struggling with Persistent Aches? There are 3 Lifestyle Factors That Can Trigger Back Pain

 

Struggling with back pain and aches? Have a hard time walking around and staying active? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, more than one-third of the U.S. population experiences lower back pain at any given time. Most times, this condition is due to lifestyle factors, such as poor posture, incorrect lifting form, or prolonged sitting.

 

Treatment options depend on the root cause of your problem. For example, someone who experiences back pain following a sports injury will require a treatment than those suffering from arthritis-related pain. That’s why it’s important to know what triggers your symptoms in the first place.

 

Interested to find out more? Let’s take a look at some of the most common yet overlooked causes of back pain:

 

Stress

 

This may come up as a surprise, but stress is often the culprit behind back pain and aches. It’s also a major contributor to IBS, heart disease, high blood pressure, eczema, psoriasis, and other psychosomatic disorders.

 

If you’ve been stressed out lately, your back may hurt more than usual. You may also experience fatigue, poor sleep, neck pain, and diffuse muscle aches. Those who work out regularly may feel weaker and need more time to recover from exercise.

 

Even though you cannot completely eliminate stress, there are ways to keep it under control. Sure, this won’t necessarily take your pain away, but it may reduce its intensity.

 

Try to get more rest, start practicing Pilates or yoga, and do breathing exercises. Avoid people or situations that trigger stress. If your pain persists, consult a chiropractor or a physiotherapist.

 

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Lack of Sleep

 

Sleep deprivation and back pain go hand in hand. Poor sleep triggers pain, and vice-versa. In a study conducted on subjects with chronic neck and back pain, nearly 20 percent of the patients reported sleeping less than four hours per night. Researchers have also identified a strong link between pain intensity and the grade of sleep deprivation.

 

When you sleep, your body produces important hormones, such as testosterone and HGH, and repairs damaged tissues. Even the slightest sleep deprivation can interfere with these processes and increase your sensitivity to pain. Furthermore, it raises the stress hormone cortisol levels, which may reduce the body’s pain tolerance and trigger inflammation.

 

Your Profession

 

Believe it or not, your job could be making you sick. Back pain is more common in people with certain professions, such as drivers, nurses, factory workers, construction workers, office workers, carpenters, and plumbers. Pro athletes and dancers are at risk too.

 

These professions involve prolonged sitting or standing as well as sudden movements that can trigger back pain and make it worse. For this reason, they’re commonly referred to as “back-breaking” jobs.

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should quit your job or switch careers. What you can do is to pay more attention to your posture and lifting form. If you spend hours sitting at a desk or driving, take regular breaks. Go out for a walk, squeeze more exercise into your schedule, and stay active throughout the day.

 

These are just a few of the many causes of back pain. Our list could also include strength imbalances, reduced range of motion, underlying cardiovascular problems, urinary tract infections, and more. If you’re obese or overweight, carrying around those extra pounds can put stress on your spine an joints, causing pain.

 

No matter the cause of your problem, consult a medical professional before taking any drugs. A qualified healthcare provider can assess your condition and recommend the best course of action based on your needs.