Ask your Chiropractor – Why do I suffer aches and pains?

Pain manifests itself in the body for a variety of reasons, to explain this first we need to explain what detects pain. Pain is detected by nerves, these nerves travel from everywhere in your body up to your brain. A pain in your big toe will be sensed by something called a receptor, this message is then sent through tiny nerves which travel up through your leg between tissues, muscles and your bones, into the spine through small holes called “inter-vertebral foramen”, up your spinal cord and up to a part of your brain which processes the information.

Chronic body pains are often a result of a pressure on the nerve system somewhere in your body – you can think of this as a tight muscle, or muscle tendon putting pressure on the nerve, an entrapment of the nerve where it enters the spine (at the inter-vertebral foramen) – commonly because of an inflamed joint in the spine closeby this foramen or by the discs of the spine bulging onto the nerve or by other mechanisms such as traumas which directly compress the nerve or inflame the soft tissues adjacent.

A chiropractor is trained to assess and diagnose where this pain is coming from and will determine this by doing a physical examination, various neurological, chiropractic and orthopedic tests and sometimes referring you for other tests and x-rays. The chiropractor will then assist you in returning to good health by using various treatments such as muscle releases, chiropractic adjustments, mobilisations, dry needling therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, traction exercises and many other modalities.

A chiropractor is focused on restoring normal movement to your body and rehabilitating your body so it has a normal structure. An important focus here is to determine what type of stress you put on your body and work with you to remove these stressors.

There are 3 main types of stress:

  1. Physical stress – this refers to any physical stress which loads your body excessively and leads to nerve irritation. This can typically be poor posture, a repetitive one sided stress (for example a golfer suffering pain on the side they swing with), a lack of movement completely causing your joints to stiffen. It also includes traumas such as motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and other miscellaneous injuries.
  2. Emotional/ Mental stress – this refers to the stress put on our bodies from work, relationships and the stress of modern society – including traffic, overworking and not spending enough time on ourselves.
  3. Nutritional/ Chemical stress – this refers to not only negative stress such as alcohol and smoking but also not putting in enough nutritional needs – such as plenty of water and a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Your chiropractor is concerned with getting you back to good health and keeping you there. If you have any questions at all with whether we can help – call our office today and our friendly team will organise a chat with the chiropractor to see if we can help.

Yours in health,

Sam Garner
Chiropractor, Director
Avalon Beach Chiropractic & Wellness

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