MONITORING PAIN and ASKING QUESTIONS HELP PAIN RELIEF
Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor knows how disturbing back pain may be for our spine-related pain patients. A study that looked at the topic of whether focusing on pain for low back pain patients - by questioning about their pain weekly – impacted the patients in a negative way. The result: frequent questioning about pain did not turn out to be a bad thing. It may have even been helpful! The low back pain intensity scores at 12 months’ follow up were lower for the patients who were monitored than the scores of patients who were not monitored weekly! (1) Our chiropractic treatment plan which includes spinal manipulation - 90% of which is delivered by chiropractors in the US - is managed by your input about your pain experience. We ask you about your pain at every Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment and modify your treatment frequency and type as you get better according to the 50% Rule like visits are decreased by 50% when 50% relief is realized and treatment protocol may change from protocol 1 (single segment, one motion) to protocol 2 (single segment, all ranges of motion, may include more segments as tolerance testing allows). We can talk more about these protocols if you like. A little focus on pain goes far in terms of pain relief!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains the central role the patient’s pain experience and feedback plays in the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Don’t Be Sedentary
A sedentary Southern New Hampshire lifestyle at any age is not positive. As we age and want to enjoy our older years, we must not be sedentary. Grow old actively! Comparing how and when non-active older adults exercised – 60 minutes in the morning or 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night – researchers found large improvements in lower limb strength, large improvements in walking speed and daily activities, improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, and enhancements in agility as signified by TUG (time-up-to-go from a seated position) test results in both groups. There were slightly better results in the 30/30 group indicating that there may be an advantage to breaking up late day sedentariness with exercise. Physical activity exercise for older adults is key for physical as well as mental and psychosocial health. New Hampshire Spine and Sport urges our chiropractic patients to not be part of the 31% of the world’s population who are thought to not currently meet recommended levels of activity. (2) Let’s see what activity is best for you!
CONTACT New Hampshire Spine and Sport
Schedule your next Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment today! We’ll see you then and make sure to ask you how your pain is and how active you are! We’re here for you!