Monday, November 23, 2009

Your body is a biomechanical chain

Your body is a biomechanical chain. That pretty much means that everything is connected to everything and it all relies on the sum of its parts in order to do a job, and accomplish its tasks. So if there is anything that happens to go wrong in that chain, much like an auto assembly line, you are going to have some issues.
This topic always makes me think of the song you sing as kids that goes the leg bone is connected to the knee bone and the knee bone is connected to the hip bone, and so on. And in reality it is true. I am in a profession that happens to fix people who have problems in this biomechanical chain, namely the spinal bones. There are 24 moveable bones in the spine, and that movement is of the utmost importance because they house the spinal cord and nerves. Motion is life. The nervous system controls everything in the entire body, every cell tissue and organ.
Many times chiropractors get overwhelmed with taking care of the spine that they forget themselves that there may be something else that is causing the problem for the patient. All problems have a cause; most people chase the effect, or the symptom never even thinking about correcting the cause. We as chiropractors pride ourselves on finding and correcting the cause.
So as for the biomechanical chain and let’s say the high incidence of low back pain. Many people only look to the spine and pelvis. Never examining what else is down the line, like the knees, ankles, and feet. Every time a new patient enters my office we scan them for Foot Levelers, they are custom made orthotic inserts. We take a computer scan of your feet and are able to determine where your weight distribution is off, if you have fallen arches, or if you are an over pronator etc... This gives us great insight into why some of the rest of your body is compensating. Take a look at the cause and see the effects down the line. It is amazing, and easy to figure out what the problem is.
With some simple corrections the symptoms and pain go away, and never return with a little maintenance. Yes that is right you must maintain what you have done. I always find it funny when a patient who is in so much pain will come in and we will work together for months and correct their problems and then they choose not to come back in when they are feeling better. That is like you hiring a personal trainer, you work out with that person, sculpt a beautiful body and then look in the mirror and say damn I look good, and then go back to being a fat slob. What!? And it happens every day.
So for the patients reading this, it is important for you to understand that the area that hurts is more than likely not where the problem is. It is the compensation or the referred pain site. For you doctors don’t be lazy and keep adjusting the same old thing every visit. Do what you were taught to do, find it and fix it. If a patient does not respond to your care over a period of time, you are doing that patient a disservice to keep treating them getting the same or no results, and not send them out to another physician. Remember everything is connected to everything, sometimes you just need to take a step back and look and you will see things so much more clearly.

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