Thank You and Daily Spine Fit 2020 Release
Thank you for being part of the Life Clinic this year. It's been a very busy and successful year.
This year concludes with the completion of a five year journey, culminating in the submission of my Thesis and the conclusion of my Master of Health Science degree. I have completed the degree through the University of Otago Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Medicine department and have an endorsement in Musculoskeletal Management – phew, that’s a lot. The upshot of all this study has been to acquire writing and research skills that can aid in my goal of providing optimum health care and education.
Here’s some of what I’ve learnt over these five years:
I. Setting and achieving outcome goals is vital to help the client enjoy success in their recovery – not just pain management but life enhancement.
II. It is vital to keep moving – and just as important to keep working. If there is pain with movement finding practical strategies to allow you to keep moving (and working) is important.
III. Fascia tissues play a vital role in maintaining spinal integrity and all body movements including locomotion, however they are not the same as muscles and require a different approach in diagnosis and exercise prescription. You may have noted I have routinely released spinal fascia tissues before adjustments - otherwise known as the vibrating stick. Further, exercise routines can be modified to help open fascia and improve the function of the spine and body.
Currently, I am developing a program called “Daily Spine Fit”. This program is a series of low intensity exercises that is designed to be a consistent habit of personal spine care - much like the daily brushing of your teeth. Daily Spine Fit enhances the three foundations of spinal health, being; mobility, stability, and symmetry.
Mobility is the degree of movement your body performs each day in normal life activities. This ranges from gardening to household chores, physical work to weekend warrior activities. It is not flexibility and the exercises aren't designed to make you an Olympic Gymnast, but you do need to be able to move and these exercises will help you.
Stability is the strength component of movement which provides a solid foundation for spinal joints to move (sometimes called ‘core strength’). Research has indicated there are optimum exercises to achieve good stability and these are included in the Daily Spine Fit series.
Symmetry is the balance of tension in the body from side to side and front to back. The most common sign of front and back imbalance is poor forward posture which may cause neck pain, headaches, mid or low back pain. Being symmetrical helps distribute the forces through the body evenly and reduces the risk of injury.
In most cases, spinal pain is a direct result of weakness in one or all three of these essential spinal foundations. Daily Spine Fit will enhance all three foundations, is designed to be done regularly, and is low in intensity. I look forward to introducing this series in early 2020 (January - fingers crossed).
It is a privilege to be a Chiropractor and a joy to work with you. I look forward to introducing you to the Daily Spine Fit series and maintaining your spine through Chiropractic adjustments. Most of all I look forward to seeing your improvement and how this positively affects your life.
I am very grateful for the referrals, the smiles, and your commitment to your health. I look forward to being with you on this journey.
In the meantime, please keep moving, doing your exercises, looking after your diet and hydration, and spending quality time with friends and family.
See you either this year, or early 2020. Please be safe.