Managing Pain

Your Dream Team to have on your pain free journey

Over the past few weeks we have spent a lot of time discussing pain and sharing our thoughts on its different forms. Properly identifying the various types and causes of pain is crucial to ensuring a swift healing process. Additionally, improving the quality of our diet will also play a significant role in the recovery process.

Today we will be looking at the variety of medical professionals who can play a key role in your recovery process, as well as help keep you an active, healthy and pain free lifestyle.

Physiotherapists help with regaining your mobility after getting hurt, by promoting incremental movements and improvements that ultimately allow you to recapture your full range of motion and be fully back in action. Letting your physiotherapist know the level of activity you were at before the injury will give them a good gauge of how to handle your particular case and get you back to speed. They will be able to give you good advice and help balance between resting and getting back to activity. There is an overlap between physiotherapy and occupational therapists but both generally work towards getting your basic movement functions and health back.

Orthopedic physicians help maintain your musculoskeletal system. Alhough many people think that orthopedic physicians just do surgery, they also spend a large amount of their time on non-surgical treatments. In the chance that you would need surgery done for an old injury or for a condition that only surgery can fix, the orthopedic physician can guide you every step of the way.

Chiropractors will set your spine and life straight. Having a more hands on approach and being well trained in spinal alignment and adjustment. The spine is the main part of the body’s central nervous system, beyond being the information highway for your nerves, your spine keeps your body upright; being at the core, a slight misalignment could change the way we move and eventually, with the added unnatural load and stress, result in more injuries. Do get yourself straightened out from time to time.

Nutritionists play a crucial role as well. We touched on the important role of nutrition in the healing process earlier this week. However maintaining proper nutrition holds great benefits beyond the healing process. Knowing what your body lacks and what foods might make your body react or be more susceptible to certain reactions will help you out in the long run. Beyond your healing process, having a good idea and a planned diet catered to your body type and lifestyle will help immensely. “You are what you eat” isn’t just a saying: the right fuel for your body goes a long way.

There are other schools of thought that hold certain alternative pain therapies as solutions. It’s worth noting that as time passes and more research comes to light, these alternative practices become more mainstream (chiropractors for example). But with any form of treatment, always consult your doctor to plan the best way forward for your recovery.

Have a healthy week ahead!

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