Great, you’re feeling much better. Now what?
If you have ever made the effort to get fit, eat well and sleep more, you will know there’s a big difference between the feeling of “I have no symptoms”, and of “I feel great all the time!”. That’s because good health as not simply the absence of symptoms.
Pain, injury and other health problems occur when physiological strain exceeds your ability to adapt to it. If your adaptive potential to strain is high, your health isn’t easily challenged and you feel great under most circumstances.
Challenges to adaptive potential leave their mark on our body tissues, and particularly the nerve-muscle-joint system because it handles our response to everyday stress and tissue strain. These tissue changes can be detected by experienced hands in the form of localised muscle tensions and hardness, reduced movement or flexibility, compensatory movement patterns, tenderness and inflammation upon pressure or movement, changes in breathing patterns, and inability to fully relax muscles.
All these changes can start to occur without you even being aware of it. It’s only when a stress exceeds your ability to adapt to it that you begin to feel symptoms, and pain is the most common symptom that we experience.
So, how can I stay feeling great?
Physical challenges to the nerve, muscle and joint tissues most commonly result from excessive mechanical pressure and repetitive tissue overuse. Unfortunately, avoiding these isn’t always easy. Mechanical irritation may be the result of natural asymmetry in our body, old injuries and degenerative changes, or habitual movement patterns. Overuse might be related to work or other unavoidable activities.
To prevent issues from recurring we want to maintain your adaptive potential. This means both minimising tissue irritation and maximising its strength.
The goal of preventative management is to:
- Learn good body awareness
- Identify and reduce local tissue irritation early
- Desensitise and mobilise nerve tissue
- Promote local muscle relaxation and blood flow
- Improve muscle and joint mobility
- Support tissue regeneration
- Maintain strength and conditioning
- Encourage excellent overall health behaviour
How often should I have preventative treatment?
This will depend on whether you have any chronic musculoskeletal issues, your history of injury, any work and recreational strain, genetics, presence of other health problems, stress levels, nutrition, exercise, age, and how pro-active you like to be about your health.
Most of our patients recovering from significant injury or recurrent issues find that between 4 to 8 weeks is best.
Avoid pain, save time & money
It is more efficient and most cost-effective to prevent an injury than it is to fix one. We know from the medical research that expenses associated with treating an injury, including doctors, allied health, pharmacy, radiology and time off work, far outweigh your investment in preventative care and health maintenance.