Almost every day, patients ask me “Why is this taking so long?”. I know, I’m just as impatient, trust me! It’s no fun to not be able to do the things you want to do because you know you’ll get “that twinge” that tells you you’re about to hurt yourself again.
So why is it taking so long? I like to explain that question by saying, “You can teach an old dog new tricks, you just gotta do it a lot of times!”
Think about it – depending on how old you are, your back has been around for a long time, even in dog years. It’s been moving in the same patterns for quite a while. We’re working to teach your joints new tricks. It’s going to take us adjusting and moving your spine a lot of times while we’re training your joints to move in new ways.
Stay well-adjusted. It just might change everything!
– Dr. Julie
Or Know Someone Who Does? Then This Post Is For You!
Plantar fasciitis, corns, bunions, aching feet at the end of the day…
I frequently talk about feet with my patients. That’s because they’re super important! A quarter of all the bones and muscles in the body are in your feet. Improving your feet will improve your knees, hips, spine…indeed, your whole body.
Did you know that your toes can move independently just like your fingers do? The problem is that from an early age we cram them into shoes that restrict them. Squeezing our feet into shoes that have narrow toe boxes results in weak and uncoordinated toes and feet.
So what do we do?
Invest in shoes that actually fit, first of all. Second, practice lifting one toe at a time. While this may seem impossible at first, it isn’t, and the more you practice it the less foot pain you’ll have.
Third, use toe spreaders – use them gradually since it’s a very new feeling. Fourth, roll your feet to work out muscle spasms. And fifth and finally, stay well-adjusted! As much as your feet affect your spine, your spine affect your feet!
– Dr. Julie
I get it. You’re tired of hurting, of not being comfortable enough to participate in your usual activities. But if something’s been bothering you for you an amount of time, it’s not going to get fixed in five minutes. No single adjustment, massage, exercise, drug, surgery or supplement is going to provide an immediate solution. It just doesn’t work that way.
If you’ve had any sort of pain or bad movement pattern for a while (months or even years), the reality is that you’ve likely developed compensating movement patterns, your body has adopted a guarded position to protect your injured body part, you’ve lost strength, some flexibility, things aren’t sliding the way they used to, your nervous system has created new pathways. Once you finally start getting treatment, all these things take time to change and improve.
So, the take away from this? If you’ve had your pain for a while, it’s going to take a while to change all those things I mentioned. Especially if you refuse to stop doing whatever activity that jacked it up in the first place.
I’ve been hearing “I have a bad (insert body part here)” a lot lately. But you don’t, really. You don’t have bad knees, or a bad back , or a bad hip.
You actually have a bad movement pattern.
Think about it. Your body is made to move. When you go up or down stairs, stand up from your chair, walk through the mall, what is your body doing? Yep, it’s moving. If your body, over time, has started to move with a bad pattern because of an injury or arthritis or weak muscles, the pattern that lets your body move pain free is altered and causes pain.
So what am I doing when I adjust you? I’m changing the way your body moves. It’s as simple as that.
Change your movement, change your life.
– Dr. Julie
You just had a good massage, and you REALLY felt great after. But you wish that feeling would last for more than just a day or two. Maybe there’s something you can do to make your sessions have a longer lasting effect.
Muscles that support your back and neck all day long contract in unison with your spinal joints to create stability and normal motion. But if those joints arent moving properly your muscles end up pulling against unexpected forces… like trying to pull open a door you didn’t know was locked. Muscles experience the same jolt when trying to move a joint that won’t budge – creating recurring trigger points, tightness and the need for frequent massages
To fix the problem, you must unlock the joints. Chiropractic adjustments restore normal motion and alignment to spinal segments so when freshly massaged muscles contract, they won’t re-knot themselves. That’s in addition to the resurgence of energy you get when your spine is well adjusted. Massage and Chiropractic certainly go hand in hand.