Step 3 - Continual Care
Stress Causes Your Nerves To Become Oversensitive
When you hear the word "stress", what do you imagine? Many patients will think of someone being worried or anxious about a situation they're in.
The truth is, stress comes in more than one form:
- Postural stress (e.g. slouching)
- Repetitive stress (e.g. overuse)
- Traumatic stress (e.g. injury)
- Medical condition (e.g. arthritis, depression)
- Unexplained conditions (e.g. fibromyalgia)
- Cancer or cancer treatment
- Ageing (often a combination of multiple stresses)
- Sleep deprivation (e.g. night shifts)
- Emotional, mental or psychological stress (this is the one most patients will think of)
Stress is a normal part of life, although everyone experiences and processes stress differently. Your nervous system can only handle so much stress before your nerves start to become oversensitive and cause chronic pain.
The third step to successful chronic pain management involves maintaining and optimising a healthy nervous system. This helps to minimise the detrimental effects of normal, ongoing stress onto your nerves and chronic pain.
Stress As The Bottom Of The Iceberg
Chiropractic As A Lifestyle Habit
When your functional score is above 75%, this means that your nerves are functioning normally. It's important to keep your nerves healthy throughout your lifetime, the same as you do for your teeth and heart.
Dr Kelvin Chew believes that lifetime Chiropractic is the best way to successfully manage your chronic pain in the long-term. It's natural, doesn't require drugs or surgery and addresses the underlying problem - oversensitive nerves.
Depending on factors such as your age, occupation, level of ongoing stress and history of trauma, your Chiropractor will recommend checkups every 1 to 4 weeks for this purpose.
Pain is just the tip of the iceberg, so it's often not a reliable way to track your progress. Throughout your continual care, Dr Kelvin Chew will periodically perform some special tests for you to objectively track your progress.
Your circumstances may change as you age or go through various stages of your life, so it's important to touch base with your nervous system and see how it's doing!