I’ve had many patients who come into my office and during their medical history intake, they discuss about their previous injuries which most will say “no major injuries” or “I’ve had surgery on x body part,” “I fell and injured x area.” Then, as I continue asking questions such as “Have you had any car accidents in the past?” They’ll say, “Yeah, but it wasn’t anything major, I only felt some soreness for the next couple of days and it went away.” Prior to my knowledge on the biomechanics and musculoskeletal system, I would probably have answered the same way. I would only tell the doctor of the really major incidents that I can remember because we go through life with so many other aches and pains and it all tends to somehow disappear on its own.
However, after years of practice and education, I now understand why any sort of injuries, whether it’s related to a car accident, sports, or falls they have a cumulative effect on our musculoskeletal structure. It is due to all of these factors combined with poor posture that causes us to have the back and neck pain that “everyone” has. Fortunately, these pains are not normal and you do not have to endure the discomfort! All it really takes is some education and knowledge about how our body works and what we can do to prevent and reverse the years of abuse on our body thus its vital and always advisable to take care of your body.
The first and foremost important education is that when it comes to a mechanical problem, it will require mechanical treatment to treat, not a chemical one. The biomechanics of our body is essentially made up of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These structures are constantly under some sort of physical stress from everyday activities from work, gym, sports, chores, etc. Most of the time, these activities causes some soreness or aches and will be relieved with rest. Other times, it is a more traumatic event such as a car accident, sports injury, or fall causing more severe tears and impact to our physical structure causing immediate pain, then soreness and aches as the body heals. The misunderstanding about all of this is that the everyday physical stress is also considered an injury which must be treated properly to avoid future complications. When these microinjuries left untreated or left to heal on its own, our body eventually is overloaded with injuries and not enough time to properly regenerate causing the body to wear and tear much faster leading to degenerative disc disease, arthritis, and tendonitis.
So how do you take care of your body? Well, how do you take care of anything you want to keep performing for a long time? You tune it up, clean it, make sure its working right! For your body, there are physical medicine such as chiropractic, massage therapy, and physical therapy that will revitalize your body’s biomechanical functions to continue to perform at its best for a long time. So the thought I want to leave you today is, when was the last time you tuned up your body? (Hint: Exercise is not tuning up, it’s breaking down your physical body to be built back up, but doing it wrong can have more harmful results than good)