Why It Is Important To Maintain Your Results

Good Morning Everyone,

In the past several articles we have been discussing the treatment options for sufferers of low back pain.  We discussed how the treatments that you choose can be a life and death situation, and we also discussed the options that are available should you chose to go the medical route or the natural chiropractic structural repair route.

In todays article, the last of the series, I want to talk with you about what to do after the fact.  With this article, I am speaking under the asssumption that you have successfully treated your low back pain (more than likely taking the structural chiropractic or non surgical decompression approach).

Once you have successfully completed your active treatment plan, you will be best served if you enter into and keep up with a “maintenance program”

You see, once you have an injury in your spine, especially if it is an injury that has been allowed to become chronic (a long term condition) then the injury itself tends to be a weak point in the body.

If you will remember from previous articles, the law of entropy applies to the body.  The law of entropy states that the natural direction of the state of things in the universe is towards chaos.  In other words, anything that we do not pay attention to will tend to fall apart. Your car, your marriage, your health, your business, anything that does not get your attention and you are not actively trying to improve will move towards disrepair.

So with your body, if you begin to stop focusing on your health, your body will begin to fall in disrepair.  So what do you think are the first areas to begin to go into disrepair?  That is right, areas of previous injury, or weakness in your body.  So the tendency of your body is that your low back, because it is an area of weakness, will begin down the same path that you just went through.

So how do you maintain your state of correction from your low back pain treatment?  You follow the five principles of health:  1.  Plenty of rest, 2.  Positive mental attitude, 3.  Proper healthy diet, 4.  Proper exercise, 5.  Regular Chiropractic treaments to maintain your nervous system.  With low back pain, the last two are critical.  You must strengthen your spine and maintain your results with regular adjustments.

*****Special Note**** As proof of the body’s tendency to follow the law of entropy, and another reason to avoid surgery if possible…lets look at my spine.  At the age of 24 years old I had a lumbar laminectomy at L5-S1.  As far as surgeries are concerned, this is a pretty mild spinal surgery.  No fusion.  No Plates.  No screws.  My symptomatic results have been good.  I have worked hard to maintain the results with regular exercise and chiropractic care.   If you look at my xrays of my spine, my spine is in perfect condition.  My discs are all great, my bones have no degeneration, no arthritis, etc….my entire spine looks great, except for L5-S1.  My L5-S1 joint is degenerated, my disc is very thin, and I have bone spurs and arthritis beginning to form in the area?  Why?  Because of the surgery.  Because of the trauma caused by the surgery.  Because the surgery interfered with the bodies natural healing processes, and therefore made my spine weaker in that one joint.  In order for me to keep up my healthy and busy lifestyle, it is critical for me to “maintain” this area, and I do, regular adjustments and regular exercise.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from low back pain, give me a call.  I will be more than happy to sit down and discuss treatment options.

Have a great day!

Dr. Price

(Dr. Price is a Chiropractor serving the Fort Walton Beach Community.  Dr. Price has had much success in treating patients suffering from Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Whiplash (or other injuries suffered in a car accident).  Utilizing his nonsurgical spinal decompression technologies, Dr. Price has helped many patients find long term relief from chronic pain conditions such as sciatica, spinal degeneration, herniated discs, buldging discs, and arthritis.  You can find Dr. Price in Fort Walton Beach by visiting www.DrSeanPrice.com or call his office at 850-862-2224.)


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