“Just give me something to stop the pain.” or “Just do something
so I don’t hurt.” are just two comments Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka and
fellow back pain healthcare practitioners commonly hear. 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 need to look at our pain and make
friends with it to some extent. We can see it for what it is.
Temporary. Unwelcome. Disruptive. But manageable many times when engaged. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka encourages
our Sitka back pain patients and neck pain patients to participate in their back pain relief process. It makes
a difference. It may perhaps even change your life for
the better. Many Sitka chiropractic patients have lived 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 reports
emphasizing the importance of patient-engagement
with 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 made a special
plan to deal with 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 found that a mix of approaches to drop
disability and work absenteeism was cost effective though no one certain
intervention stood out over others. (2) Like these researchers, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
tries to do whatever it takes to help our Sitka
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 improved patients’
strength and stabilization in a timely fashion, decreasing
pain intensity and improving trunk flexors. (3) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
shares such options to help our patients.
Have you heard “There is
an app for that!”? Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is certain you have! Not
surprising45 in today’s app-crazy world that there is an app in development to help you manage self-management
tasks like exercise, sleep, etc. For the “selfBACK” app, researchers are currently
gathering data on the usefulness of
various interventions at baseline, 6 weeks, 3, 6, and 9 months
for nonspecific low back pain. From this data collection,
researchers will fill the app with tips and exercises that have
worked for others with similar issues. Each
patient’s app will then be tailored for
self-management of back pain and other musculoskeletal issues based on
what others with similar conditions reported helpful and
relieving. (4) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka looks forward to saying “There is an app for
that!" Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka knows that some of our Sitka back pain
patients will love this!
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
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 Sitka chiropractic appointment
soon to begin care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka. Be ready to be engaged with your
back pain treatment plan for back pain relief. You will be so happy that the pill or “something” wasn’t presented
to you once you are feeling better in terms of
back pain relief and mental contentment that you were an active
part of the relief process.