Chiropractors have always acknowledged the effects of one’s state-of-mind on one’s physical problems. You know, the stressed-out, worried person with the knotted shoulders and the headaches. Sometimes the mind-body has an obvious connection like this, but often it is far more subtle.
The relatively new scientific field of psychoneuroimmunology (psycho – mind, neuro – nervous system, immunology – body defensive system) has produced a massive body of research documenting these more subtle effects one’s state-of-mind has on the overall functioning of the body.
Hurt your back? Well, do you like your job? Is your home situation happy? Do you have any recreational activities? It all affects how fast you will get better. Research has conclusively shown that and the WSIB wants it taken into account with therapy strategies.
This has been the philosophy of chiropractic for a century now. It seems to be relatively new to everyone else.
Chiropractic, being primarily concerned with the prevention of injuries, has always tried to help patients evaluate what’s going on in their lives and understand how something purely emotional can actually set you up for a physical break-down.
Sometimes we ask questions that seem totally unrelated to your injury, but it is always for a reason. We aren’t psychologists but we are very familiar with the mind-body concept and will always take that into account. If we can at least get you aware of the relationship and get you thinking, you will be better able to get over whatever ailments you have.
So when you hear me talk about recreation or unwinding or management in the office you know I’m talking about the big picture of health. It all helps.