Explaining Wear & Tear
with Chris Biggs from Swindon Chiropractic Clinic
'Wear & Tear' may be one of those terms you've heard or your doctor has mentioned to you if you're suffering from some joint problems or lack of movement.
It's also commonly known as arthritis. But that can be a bit of a misconception of the public at large that wear and tear only occurs in your late 50s, 60s and 70s, right?. The short answer is no! You can get wear and tear at any age and it depends entirely on how you've used your body. It could be work that's caused it or sport. But whichever way it's caused, it can become very uncomfortable and a real pain - quite literally.
So how do you treat it?
The management strategy in healthcare at large is to treat the symptoms with drugs in some way; so we're talking painkillers, anti-inflammatories and anti-spasmotics to stop spasms in muscles. The conservative way, the alternative approach, that particularly myself and my colleagues here at Swindon Chiropractic Clinic is to adopt is to manage all the elements of dysfunction that come along with arthritis.
These are specifically muscle spasm. Inflammation & Swelling. And Pain. But also stiffness in the effected joint.
We target these things by:
1. doing soft tissue work on the muscles to reduce the tension felt
2. do mobilisation or manipulation of the joints to combat the stiffness and the restrictions in function
Pain naturally tends to dissipate once the swelling goes down - and swelling only occurs when there's a problem. It's your body's natural way of trying to heal itself. And our approach rather than drugs is to lean more towards an ice pack. Ice packs are quite effective at reducing swelling, but only in combination with targeted treatment to reduce all of the other elements of arthritis.
So if you're feeling some stiffness or discomfort in your joints, maybe your 8 hours at your desk today has caused you some lower back discomfort, maybe your school run is starting to cause your neck and your shoulders some pain, or maybe just a spot of gardening is causing you issues, at Swindon Chiropractic Clinic we can help you!
Come down and see us. We'll keep you moving!