Let's talk a bit more about different sources of pain. As mentioned in Part 1, our nervous system translates many sources of pain differently depending on the origin (read part 1 here). This is extremely helpful, because it helps us as Chiropractors identify thecause of the pain,so we can address it at the source and eliminate the pain. This is what makes our treatment so unique. Throughout this series we will discuss different types of pain and how we treat them.
Let's take nerve pain for example. If you have never experienced the sharp, shooting, "electric shock" type of pain sometimes accompanied by numbness, burning, or even weakness, consider yourself lucky! Nerve pain typically causes radiating patterns away from the site of irritation, either down the arm,...
In the span of two days, a petite 65 year old woman and a 285 pound college lineman had come to our office seeking relief from back pain. Once we evaluated them, it turned out that their issues were both pretty similar, and could both be resolved quickly. The woman had actually been to quite a few providers for relief of her pain, but there was no obvious reason they found as to why she was hurting. That is, until we were able to watch her walk.
Think about it; most of us walk miles a day. It makes perfect sense that if there is even a little bit of imbalance in our biomechanics, the assymetry shifts demand on our spine and some of our muscles, which can lead to cummulative injury (taking thousands of steps per day) or acute injury.