We often say that symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. This usually means that a tissue or joint has been damaged either through a trauma, or through a repetitive stress, or poor postural habit. Symptoms are an important part of the care that we provide in our office, as we desire to alleviate the suffering associated with the symptoms as much as possible.
However, it is very important to understand that the symptoms cannot be the only thing that is treated under our care. If we only address the symptoms, we will often miss the fundamental underlying cause of the suffering and although the symptoms may subside temporarily, they will return. Alternatively, if the symptoms do not improve or are ignored, they may worsen with time or make the person much more susceptible to further injury.
Pain is more than an annoyance, pain can cause us to do things or act in a way that can have much more significant consequences than we would expect. Pain can interfere with our relationships, make us less attentive to our children, and interfere with our ability to perform our duties at work. Pain can make us grumpy, make us more likely to self-medicate and can lead to many problems beyond the current painful situation. Pain must be addressed to improve our overall quality of life.
Pain, however, cannot be the only factor that is addressed in a rehabilitation facility like ours, we must get to the fundamental underlying cause of the pain in order to assure a better quality of life; and to ensure that the nerves that are causing the pain are not interfering with proper organ function as well.
For example, a person with a painful shoulder that is made worse with activities and certain ranges of motion should have that shoulder assessed to determine the appropriate therapy designed to improved pain-free range of motion and improved strength, endurance, and overall function. However, the assessment of the shoulder pain and loss of function must also include the cervical spine and the nerves that feed strength, energy and information to the tissues around that joint. In the process of analyzing what is causing the shoulder pain, an assessment of the nerves sending strength, energy and information to the organs originating from the same area may give us insight into lung, diaphragm, or cardiovascular dysfunction and improving the structure and function of the nerves in the neck may provide not only relief of the shoulder problem, but may also improve the function of other organs and organ systems.
We can never forget the contribution of our nervous system to the structures and proper function of all the cells, tissues, organs and systems in the body. Understanding that the nervous system must have proper structure and function to ensure health of all other systems is a vital component to improving overall quality of life.
If you or someone you know is suffering from pain or any other health conditions, we may have a solution! Please contact us to determine if you are a candidate for our state-of-the-art rehabilitation procedures!
Dr. Jason W. Haas