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I was helping a friend move this week, hence the title of this blog post. If you know me at all, you know I am very observant and use every situation as a learning experience.  So there we were, unloading boxes, furniture, toys, bikes, and everything else you have in your house.

What did I do? 

Obviously I moved things, but I watched others and HOW they moved things.  

I quickly began to place others in groups of "patients".  What I mean is that I was able to look at someone and think "Yep, if he doesn't yet he will have shoulder pain." and "He will probably have low back pain." and "So that's why he was complaining of plantar fasciitis earlier."

Now the point of this is not to demonstrate how well (or creepily I guess) I observe others around me.  

The point is this:  IF I CAN BEGIN TO CATEGORIZE PEOPLE INTO PAIN CONDITIONS BASED ON HOW THEY MOVE...HOW DO I HELP THEM REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THEIR PAIN?

Probably the most important and often overlooked is EDUCATION.  Teaching someone how their pain started, how it has been getting worse and causing other distant issues, and how to get on the right path to health is so much more beneficial than doing these 3 things for that person.

Yes I know this goes back to the old adage of "Teach a man to fish..." but it is completely true.

If I could get you to care for your own pain problems, initially with assistance and guidance, then you don't need to depend on someone for your health.

Bottom line...

You DON'T need to seek care from your family practitioner, orthopedist, physical therapist or chiropractor forever and ever.

Get treated and reduce the pain, figure out what is aggravating or causing the problem, obtain quality advice from a trusted healthcare provider, make specific lifestyle modifications (nutrition or exercise most likely) and follow up with a provider on a semi-regular basis (every 6 to 12 months?).

By the way, I'm in the low back pain group.....


Be Blessed!
-Anatomy Geek 

 


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