Holistic Approach to Back Pain
Spinal injury can be very life changing and a holistic approach can help you get your life back. Holistic approach means treating the whole individual: both the mind and body as oppose to just the spinal parts that have sustained the injuries. Holistic approach would comprise of both nutritional intake and exercise to assist different bodily systems. Spinal injury can lead to constant pain and this can make the individual susceptible to depression and other mental health problems and such risk factors can further prevent recovery from the spinal injury. A holistic approach can help reduce such risks. Thus, at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness we believe in taking a holistic approach to treat back pain .
When determining the treatment for back pain associated with spinal injury, the doctor needs to look at the overall alignment of the spine both at the postural level as well as at the individual disks and ligaments level. Furthermore, the doctor needs to assess the build of scar tissue and if it is affecting muscle tissue to understand the severity of the injury. With spinal injury, most patients experience chronic pain and start taking pain killers. The pain killers do help alleviate the pain symptoms temporarily, but make things worse in the long run as the actual problem is left unattended. With the constant use of pain killers such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen), you can develop secondary problems such as stomach or gastrointestinal bleeding.
Pain is a natural way of your body to direct you to the problem area and by taking pain killers you are suppressing the symptoms, making the actual injury worse over time. During rehabilitation, if you experience muscle pain it is a good thing. However, if you pushing too hard and experiencing joint or ligament pain, you need to stop as you might be injuring yourself further. Again, this pain is your body's way of saying something is not right and needs to be attended to.
While stretching and exercising is good for you, be mindful of not injuring any joints or ligaments as this can de-motivate you from maintaining that exercise routine. Chiropractic care can increase flexibility in the joints allowing fluid spinal movements. Specific stretching and exercise routine developed by your chiropractor can increase your spinal movement, thereby, preventing further injuries.
Being overweight is a risk factor in itself as it adds tremendous stress to your spine. Holistic approach also involves maintaining healthy body weight. The exercise routine to reduce the weight as oppose to maintain the weight can be very different. For some people, it might be important to lose weight first prior to starting weight training so that you do not add more stress to the already stressed spine. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Ruminder Birk is a nutritional specialist as well and can help you with the right program.
In addition to exercise, it is important what you are feeding your body and whether you are consuming all the vitamin and minerals as required. Eating fresh fruits and enough servings of green leafy vegetables is important to get the nutrients in a natural way and supplement intake can help as well. Dietary supplements are good in several instances; glucosamine chondroitin and manganese can help with joint pain. Highly processed foods contain harmful fats and chemicals and should be avoided.
Dr. Birk is a chiropractor and nutritional specialist who can guide you in using the right combination of exercise, nutritional and chiropractic care program to increase spinal movements and flexibility and thus, reduce back pain.
If you had a spinal injury and are constantly in back pain, at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk can help you get your life back with a holistic approach. Call 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment today!