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McHenry Back Pain Relief Includes Self-Management

“Just give me something to stop the pain.” or “Just do something so I stop hurting.” are just two comments OrthoIllinois Chiropractic and fellow back pain healthcare practitioners hear all the time. When in pain, we all just want it to stop in the easiest and quickest way possible. This is not always possible though. We all have to look at our pain and make friends with it to some extent. We can see it for what it is. Temporary. Unwelcome. Disruptive. But manageable many times when engaged. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic encourages our McHenry back pain patients and neck pain patients to take part in their back pain relief process. It makes a difference. It may perhaps even alter your life for the better. Many McHenry chiropractic patients have experienced this.


Remarkably up to 25% of back pain patients in a new study were not actively engaged in their spine care treatment plan. Research is filled with studies emphasizing the importance of patient-engagement with treatment of spine pain. What kept such patients participating? In researcher-ease, environmental context and resources, emotion, memory/attention/decision-making, and behavioural regulation did. Knowing that these things were the interfering offending factors that interfered with patients’ participation in their own care, researchers created a distinctive plan to address these issues and raise the patients’ understanding and participation via text reminders, exercises, lifestyle changes, webinars, videos, paper educational materials and more. (1) One study discovered that a variety of approaches to lessen disability and work absenteeism was cost effective though no one particular intervention stood out over others. (2) Like these researchers, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic tries to do whatever it takes to help our McHenry back pain and neck pain patients!


This may be a unique helpful intervention for certain patients: whole-body electromyostimulation. It decreased nonspecific chronic low back pain just as well as back-strengthening exercise protocols. When fear of movement and functional limitations because of back pain play a role, whole body electrical stimulation improved patients’ strength and stabilization in a timely fashion, reducing pain intensity and enhancing trunk flexors. (3) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic shares such alternatives to help our patients.


Have you heard “There’s an app for that!”? OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is certain you have! Not alarming in today’s app-crazy world that there is an app in development to help you keep track of self-management tasks like exercise, sleep, etc. For the “selfBACK” app, researchers are now collecting data on the usefulness of various interventions at baseline, 6 weeks, 3, 6, and 9 months for nonspecific low back pain. From this research data, researchers will fill the app with tips and exercises that have benefited others experiencing similar issues. Each patient’s app will then be tailored for self-management of back pain and other musculoskeletal issues based upon others with similar conditions found helpful and relieving. (4) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic looks forward to saying “There's an app for that!" OrthoIllinois Chiropractic knows that some of our McHenry back pain patients will love this!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jack Stern on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how back pain patients can best help themselves to optimal back pain relief.

Schedule a McHenry chiropractic appointment soon to start with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic. Be ready to be involved in your back pain treatment plan for back pain relief. You’ll be so happy that the pill or “something” was not offered once you are feeling better regarding back pain relief and mental happiness that you were an active part of the relief process.

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic calls on back pain sufferers to participate in their own back pain relief recovery.  
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