First up, we will listen to you in order to find out what is unique about your low back pain. You will receive treatment specific to your low back pain and we will listen to your concerns about it.
I am of the firm understanding that my education and ongoing professional development has given me a certain skill set to manage all forms of spinal symptomatology, including low back pain. My ability to listen and then monitor your progress through your treatment plan is paramount to our success together as patient and chiropractor.
Not one patient I have ever treated receives the identical care. By seeing a chiropractor, you are about to undergo a healing process in order to enhance your health, function and movement. This is all done with the context of your personal situation in mind and activities of daily living.
To help you understand this, lets look at a mechanic vs a desk worker overcoming low back pain. They may have a similar injury, however both will have different treatment plans as a result of their needs according to their activities of daily living, strength and physical condition and education requirements. Will a mechanic be sitting down all day ? No. Or will a desk work be bending into full lumbar flexion over 5 times per hour ? Not likely. Hence different treatment plans are prescribed.
The adjustments or treatments use ‘blocks’ that sit under the pelvis at different points to take pressure off the spine and correct any asymmetries of the pelvis. This is a gentle, yet highly specific treatment that generally most people will receive during a visit. Adjustments usually involve some/all areas of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) and even if you only have low back pain, often the chiropractor will adjust other areas and do some soft tissue therapy, exercise prescription and occasionally some taping.
Typically the adjustments are built on over time and whilst we often deal with patients on their first visit when pain is a symptom in question, our treatment is not an analgesic medication, it is a healing process and does require dedication of some time and patience on both of our parts to overcome the injury naturally.
Yours in building Clever Spines,
Ben Foley (D.C.)
How does Pilates impact on your PAIN and recovery to your injury ?
To understand the practice of pilates we must first define pain. Definition of Pain: An unpleasant sensory & emotional experience arising from actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage” (international association for the study of pain).
Extensive research has shown, all of us will experience some form of back pain at some point of our lives, whether it being short periods of pain or developing into reoccurring/chronic back pain. The body of science exploring pain is huge and the more we explore it, the more we understand that pain is a field that should be studied as an entity to itself. That being said, we can simplify and stick to some basic key principles…
As an experienced practitioner (as a sports massage therapist and pilates instructor, as well as having worked with chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health care professionals for 10 +years) I have learnt some important key principles to forming a strong and “pain free” body, which I will go into shortly !
First… Did you know ?
- Pain alters normal movement patterns within the body
- 4 out of 5 people will experience low back pain in their lives
- Back pain costs the Australian government over 1 billion dollars a year
- Further reading on the topic includes federal government content at : http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/what-are-back-problems/
Key Principles to stick to when dealing with pain :
- Early management is important in preventing longer term problems
- Building a strong core and having excellent movement pattern training is preventative to low back pain (PILATES)
- Do not fear your pain, be proactive and consult an allied health care professional (Chiropractor, Massage, Physio) as well as your GP.
- Finally, always transition out of treatment with active and specific strength training, which is where Pilates comes into it… Naturally !
We are advocates of the ‘CORE’ and will teach you to activate & engage your core, providing stabilisation for the spine, therefore reducing the risk of injury, re-injury or pain. As a pilates instructor, I treat the causes of abnormal movement patterns, help prevent re-occurrence of pain & help manage pain long term !
Keep pain away & book your pilates class today at Waterloo Chiropractic and Sports Massage ! P| 96900911
Yours in clever spines,
Robyn Higley (Remedial Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor and Sports Trainer)
As a chiropractor, I have a thorough understanding of what my profession achieves. I don’t expect my patients to have that same level of understanding as I do after a 5 year university degree and a further 5 years of clinical experience in practice. So whilst some people may find my opinion on this question as mildly controversial, I honestly believe chiropractic applied in the right setting, with the correct patient education is for everyone full stop.
Why…? Chiropractic is a very common sense modality that harnesses the bodies natural ability to heal and enhance function. As the “health consciousness” of society improves throughout this decade, the population will continue to seek non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical treatment options and natural maintenance choices. We are seeing a major movement away from pharmaceuticals and surgical for less invasive treatments. As the body of science increases, some of these treatments align with medical guideline in which chiropractic therapies are now recommended. No other professional is skilled to the level as the chiropractor for symptoms produced on movement of the spine amongst many other common musculoskeletal ailments, both from a diagnostic and treatment perspective. Just google a university curriculum and read through the body of science and clinical skill set taught. For example here is Macquarie University’s link to it’s curriculum in it’s Masters stream: http://courses.mq.edu.au/postgraduate/master/master-of-chiropractic
It’s pretty simple, everyone has a spine that needs to be kept healthy. Sitting in desks’, looking at our phones and laptops for hours on end are examples of activities that can put stress on our body, accelerate the degenerative process later in life and ultimately decrease our overall health picture. Chiropractic can help your spine function better, avoid pain and slow down degenerative processes.
So just like exercise, pilates and massage is for everyone, I firmly believe that the chiropractic adjustment is also for everyone!
Yours in clever spines,
Ben Foley (D.C.)