How did you get hurt?
The vast majority of the patients I have seen over the last 18 years reported that they hurt themselves doing very minor and insignificant activities. Some examples are, picking up a pencil, bending down to tie a shoe, coughing, looking up, head checking the blindspot while driving, reaching for the remote, and many others. How on earth do these minor things hurt someone? The answer is interesting. Many chronic injuries are caused from numerous small and minor traumas, overtime, that build up until the muscles give and become injured. It is like the last straw on the camel’s back. It wasn’t the last straw that hurt the camel, it was the cumulative load that was already there.
So what do you do to avoid this? By being checked out regularly, you can find areas that are under muscular tension. Once identified, treatments can be delivered to those muscles to reduce the tension and contractions. This essentially, unloads the camel’s back, reducing the chance of injury. Who wouldn’t benefit from that?
Dr. Michael Kwast, DC, CSCS is the CEO of iChrio Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of the book, 7 Beliefs Destroying Your Health. The iChiro team has been voted the “Best of Grand Rapids“, three years in a row. They have also been awarded the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan’s Trust Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce EPIC award for Small Business of the Year 2016.