The effects of injury extend beyond the physical realm. Injury can leave someone’s headspace flooded with cynical outlooks on the future. Doctors tend to overlook this and place the duty of discernment on patients. When deflecting a patient’s outlook and focusing solely on symptoms inhibits their recovery. Recovering from injuries only works as well as the patient-doctor relationship yet in a growingly fast-paced world of medicine, it is difficult for doctors to spend the time necessary with patients in the exam room. Wellness has seemingly become a luxury when it should be everyone’s right. Wellness is achieved when the body is balanced, imbalances are corrected, the joints move well, and movement is not antiquated with fear or limitations. Achieving that, can seem like a monstrous task especially when battling multiple injuries at once! It is possible though if you follow the steps below.
1. Collaborative Treatment
When someone is experiencing multiple injuries, it usually means there is an underlying common root going undressed. When working with specialists, this missing link gets overlooked as specialists are trained to zoom in on their area of expertise. Injuries require more than one approach to treatment. For example, if you are suffering from low back pain from sciatica you would likely need chiropractic care to relieve the compressed nerve, physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the injury site, corrective exercise to work the core, and massage to relax the muscles in spasm. Only going to one provider means ¼ of these roots is getting addressed. It will serve as a band aid as opposed to long-term healing.
2. Make Goals to Work Towards a Long Term Vison (Do Not Give Up Your Vision)
Too many times I have seen clients come into our office, after receiving a diagnosis, with the expectation that they have to give up their favorite hobbies forever. Without proper guidance it is easy to assume that in order to save your back, hip, knee, ankle, or neck that you must forgo anything that involves it. Stillness becomes the new normal when in reality, stillness is what leads to an exacerbation of pain. The body craves movement. It is healthiest in a state of motion- Joints are meant to move! Approach treatment from a backwards direction. Look at your long term goal or your favorite hobby and establish goals that will get you to that place. If you are with a practitioner who is claiming you can no longer do something, it is time to find a new practitioner!
3. Work on Mobility, Flexibility and Strength Together
Strength, mobility, and flexibility are all pieces of the puzzle to healing. Without one piece the picture will never be completed. Flexibility is how well our muscles can move with assistance, mobility is how well our joints move on their own and strength gives us the ability to move affectively. Working with all three promotes a sustainable recovery.
Working with multiple specialists will allow you to recover from multiple injuries much quicker. Each professional can zoom out and see the big picture when working in collaboration. A chiropractor can help with mobility while a physical therapist can offer stability and strength. A massage therapist can improve flexibility while a personal trainer offers strength. At Living Well Balanced we believe a proper wellness plan will lead to healing that lasts long-term and does not bring you back into our office within a couple of months.