“Just give me something to stop the pain.” or “Just do something
so I stop hurting.” are just two comments Johnson Chiropractic and
fellow back pain healthcare practitioners commonly hear. When in pain, we all just want it to stop in the simplest 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. Johnson Chiropractic encourages
our Richmond back pain patients and neck pain patients to participate in their back pain relief process. It can make
a difference. It may well change your life for
the better. Many Richmond chiropractic patients have experienced this.
Amazingly up to 25% of back pain patients in
a new study weren’t actively engaged in their
spine care treatment plan. Research is ripe with reports
highlighting 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 distinctive
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 reduce
disability and work absenteeism was cost effective though no one certain
intervention stood out over others. (2) Like these researchers, Johnson Chiropractic
tries to do whatever it takes to help our Richmond
back pain and neck pain patients!
SPINE EXERCISES AND EMS
This may be a unique helpful intervention for certain
patients: whole-body electromyostimulation. It reduced
nonspecific chronic low back pain equally as well as back-strengthening
exercise protocols. When fear of movement and functional limitations because
of back pain are a part of the problem, whole body
electrical stimulation improved patients’
strength and stabilization in a timely fashion, decreasing
pain intensity and enhancing trunk flexors. (3) Johnson Chiropractic
shares such options to help our patients.
Ever heard the saying “There is
an app for that!”? Johnson Chiropractic is positive you have! Not
alarming 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 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 research data,
researchers will fill the app with tips and exercises that have
benefited others with similar issues. Each
patient’s app will then be customized for
self-management of back pain and other musculoskeletal issues based on
what others with similar conditions reported helpful and
relieving. (4) Johnson Chiropractic looks forward to saying “There's an app for
that!" Johnson Chiropractic knows that some of our Richmond back pain
patients will love this!
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Jack Stern on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how
back pain patients may help themselves to the best back pain relief possible.
Schedule a Richmond chiropractic visit
soon to start with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management at Johnson Chiropractic. Be ready to be involved in your
back pain treatment plan for back pain relief. You will be pleasantly
surprised that the pill or “something” was not available once you are feeling better regarding
back pain relief and mental contentment that you were an active
part of the relief process.