Taking Control of Your Pain
The individuals involved in creating content for this website do not have any affiliation with any particular manufacturer of medicine, nutritional supplements, or discipline of back pain medicine. Thus, we will not attempt to compare one pain treatment to another, such as medications, surgery, and nutritional supplements. To help you in taking control of your pain, be it joint pain, back pain, or neck pain, we will try to present you with the all of your current options available, then we will step back and leave you to make informed decisions on your own as to the best course of treatment. In some circumstances, we will present some statistical results from journal articles and books, comparing one treatment to another, or one medication/supplement/procedure to another. In these cases, we will be careful to only present results from reputable Journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine. If we present any information that is incorrect or needs updating, then we encourage our readers to contact us to make corrections or revise the published information.
If successful, this book will provide information on how to diagnose and medically treat your problem through self-treatment; and it will also provide you with enough information for you to be your own advocate in your care when interacting with pain specialists. We encourage the following philosophy held by many physicians and practitioners of holistic medicine: that you can address name musculoskeletal problems of the spine by learning how to position and move yourself with better alignment, less effort, changing the way you breathe in certain situations, and a more positive attitude. You have heard the statement, "You are what you eat. " In fact, you also are how you breath, how you move, and how you feel.
You are what you eat, how you breath, and how you feel. These facts may seem pretty simplistic, and some of them may seem impossible to test or use in your daily life. For example, take that statement, "You are what you eat." This may appear to be a weird philosophy to understand , or to use this information in daily practice to feel better, but consider this. When you breath in a rapid or shallow manner (such as situations of high anxiety), the electrical activity in your nervous system tends to increase, and this can cause a rapid firing in the nerves sending pain signals back and forth to your brain. If you believe the research that we present to you, you may want to try to practice certain breathing exercises during times of stress in your life.
There will be good moves that will be described in the Physical Therapy/movement sections of this site. By sampling some of our content, you may want to take the opportunity to incorporate these moves into every activity you perform, from laying in your bed, sitting at your desk, and jogging around the track. Some of these lifestyle/activity modifications will not come easy, and will require that you become conscious of your body's responses to various movements and postures.