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Healthy News June 2021

McHenry chiropractic care helps control chronic back pain that causes pain beyond the back and into life that keeps sufferers from enjoying their lives. 

Back pain patients come to Spengel Chiropractic with all sorts of different issues. Some walk better than others. Some have better muscles than others. Some are more prone to depression than others. Your McHenry chiropractor knows this and joins each back pain patient where s/he is and assesses each patient to find the difference(s) that make all the difference when designing a relieving chiropractic treatment plan. Assessments like the 6-minute walk test that measures the distance walked in 6 minutes and the TUG (‘time up to go’ from a seated position) test can be quite educational about musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in degenerative lumbar spine patients. Both may be influenced by back pain. (1) Back muscles that weaken and turn fatty (like the multifidus muscle tends to do) indicate issues with inflammatory and regeneration processes. (Back surgeons do not like this as a inferior surgical outcome is possible.) (2) Chiropractors understand this and promote gentle exercise for these back muscles as part of the treatment plan to prevent recurrent back pain that a few low back disc degeneration patients endure. A recent study explained that those who tend to get recurrent back pain were found to move in a different way, more carefully, likely to avoid pain. Recurrent back pain patients also experienced higher levels of anxiety, depression, and disability as well as a lower quality of life. (3) Your McHenry chiropractor embraces all back pain sufferers with all their issues. Your chiropractor teams up with with each one during the current back pain event and beyond to control the back pain (physical, mental, and emotional aspects), so it doesn’t control them.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson on how she helps a chronic back pain patient in the middle of a recurrent episode of back pain with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to find relief and a feeling of control over back pain to lessen recurrent back pain episodes as much as possible.

Chronic McHenry back pain may be helped by olfactory training which uses smelling scents to desensitize the sufferer to the pain.

McHenry CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH:

SNIFFING SCENTS TO LESSEN PAIN!

An interesting study of chronic low back pain patients reported that odor-training helped decrease their pain thresholds. Regular exposure (every 2 hours in the research project) to scents like rose, vanilla, peach and chocolate – olfactory training! - helped lessen pain. The researchers suggested that it may help lessen pain chronification and quite possibly control general pain via desensitization. (4) What a pleasant addition this could be to the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management! You may want to try smelling some pleasurable scents yourself!

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