“Just give me something to stop the pain.” or “Just do something
so I don’t hurt.” are just two comments Soft Health and Healing Clinic and
fellow back pain healthcare practitioners hear all
the time. When in pain, we all just want it to stop in the least
effort required and fastest way possible. This isn’t
always possible though. We all have to look at our pain and make
friends with it to some extent. We have to see it for what it is.
Temporary. Unwelcome. Disruptive. But manageable many times when engaged. Soft Health and Healing Clinic urges
our Brooks back pain patients and neck pain patients to participate in their back pain relief process. It can make
a difference. It may perhaps even change your life for
the better. Many Brooks chiropractic patients have experienced this.
Remarkably up to 25% of back pain patients in
a new study were not actively involved in their
spine care treatment plan. Research is ripe with studies
emphasizing the importance of patient-involvement in treatment of spine pain. What kept such patients participating?
In researcher-ease, environmental context and resources, emotion, memory/attention/decision-making,
and behavioural regulation did. Knowing that these things were the
interfering culprits that reduced
patients’ participation in their own care, researchers created a special
plan to address these issues and increase
the patients’ understanding and participation via text reminders, exercises,
lifestyle changes, webinars, videos, paper educational materials and more. (1) One
study discovered that a variety of approaches to reduce
disability and work absenteeism was cost effective though no one particular
intervention stood out over others. (2) Like these researchers, Soft Health and Healing Clinic
tries to do anything possible to help our Brooks
back pain and neck pain patients!
SPINE EXERCISES AND EMS
This may be a unique helpful intervention for certain
patients: whole-body electromyostimulation. It dropped
nonspecific chronic low back pain equally as well as back-strengthening
exercise protocols. When fear of movement and functional limitations due to back pain play a role, whole body
electrical stimulation helped fearful patients with their
strength and stabilization in a timely fashion, decreasing
pain intensity and improving trunk flexors. (3) Soft Health and Healing Clinic
shares such options to help our patients.
Have you heard “There is
an app for that!”? Soft Health and Healing Clinic is positive you have! Not
surprising45 in today’s app-crazy world that there is an app in the
works to help you manage self-management
tasks like exercise, sleep, etc. For the “selfBACK” app, researchers are now
collecting data on the effectiveness of
various interventions at various times
for nonspecific low back pain. From this data collection,
researchers plan to fill the app with tips and exercises that have
worked for others with similar issues. Each
patient’s app will then be customized for
self-management of back pain and other musculoskeletal issues based upon others with similar conditions found helpful and
relieving. (4) Soft Health and Healing Clinic looks forward to saying “There's an app for
that!" Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows that some of our Brooks back pain
patients will love this!
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Jack Stern on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he outlines how
back pain patients may help themselves to the best back pain relief possible.
Schedule a Brooks chiropractic appointment
soon to begin care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management at Soft Health and Healing Clinic. Be ready to be involved in your
back pain treatment plan for back pain relief. You will be so happy that the pill or “something” wasn’t offered once you are feeling better regarding
back pain relief and mental contentment that you were an active
part of the relief process.