Most patients consult a Chiropractor not just because of pain, but more so because their pain is inhibiting, interfering or annoying a certain aspect or activity within their life. The first goal of Chiropractic is obviously aimed at relieving pain as quickly as possible – many patients unrealistically hope that this will happen as early as the first session, but setting functional Quality of Life goals (i.e. being able to perform an activity without pain) makes more sense because correction, healing and regeneration takes much longer than simple relief.
A simple premise of Chiropractic is that the body is intelligent and is a self-healing and self-regulating mechanism. Everyone would agree to this! So, if this is the case, why are the chronic pain sufferers still in pain? Because the body gets into a habitual neuro-chemical process of compensation. Put simply, you have a habit that creates ongoing pain and a lifestyle that supports having this pain!
When assessing the spine, the most predominant feature in chronic pain sufferers, is the amount of Spinal Meningeal Tension (SMT) - tautness in the coverings of the spinal cord (Meninges), creating increasing stiffness, distortion and contortions within the body. This tension attempts to compensate and protect the spinal cord that is constantly under threat from bad habits and bad lifestyle. Spinal Meningeal Tension restricts spinal and body movement, decreasing nerve conduction, creating constant internal stress and eventually choking the spinal cord or nerve roots - or both!
Chiropractic Care focuses on clearing Spinal Meningeal Tension, releasing the pressure on the nerve, reinstating balance, alignment and effortless movement back into the spine and body. Within 6 to 9 visits, some pain relief usually occurs. Through repetition, over approximately 3 to 6 months, we are able to start unwinding bad habits while the patient is actively modifying their lifestyle. This is when a patient is able to perform activities comfortably and enjoyably; and this is when the body actually starts the self-healing and self-regulating process. Remember that from this point, the healing and regeneration process may take years to complete (1 month of healing and regeneration for every year of damage and decay)!
If Spinal Meningeal Tension is not completely resolved, regardless of the fact that the patient may be completely pain free, the habit has not changed which means that the body is not self-healing and the problems will all return in time!
We are often asked, “How do I get to feel and check this Spinal Meningeal Tension?” Besides not feeling and functioning at your full capacity, there are 2 simple tests that a person can do on a daily or weekly basis. If these tests are done accurately they offer a simple way of determining whether a person’s issues are truly getting better or not, if the habits are changing and, just as importantly, if they are taking the correct lifestyle measures.
Take Charge of your Spinal Tension, Take Charge of your Health.