Symptoms and Time

Most people come to us with a particular symptom or set of symptoms. Back pain, neck pain, headaches, arm pain, low energy etc.

One of the most common things I hear when people first arrive in my practice is “I don't know what caused this, it just happened yesterday”.

What we find, however, is often a different story. While there may be no secondary conditions (pain, symptoms) from a spinal problem, that primary condition often will be there, remaining silent, but structurally damaging a spine for some time.

One of the differences with our NeuroStructural approach, compared with traditional approaches to these conditions, is that we use a set of objective findings to assess the structure and function of the spine and nervous system, rather than just relying on the secondary symptoms.

It allows us to measure and assess the spine, objectively, in each case, for structural shifts and lowered nerve function. And often we find evidence for damage that has been going on longer than the secondary conditions have been felt.

So what is going on?

How can you see structural shifts before the secondary conditions are felt?

Your body has an amazing ability to adapt to stress and “work around” the damage of a structural shift.

So you can feel great (well at least ok) while these shifts are occurring, so as long as you feel ok, then everything is fine, isn't it?

Well yes and no, it all really depends on what you want from your health and your body. If you don't move much, or expect much from your body, then feeling good is probably all that matters for now.

Sometime down the track, that primary structural shift is likely to get worse, and the damage from it become more painful and more debilitating, but if your health goals are just to get by, and feel ok, then it is not really a big issue for now.

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...if you want more from your body, your health, and your life, then you should be addressing these structural shifts now, for two reasons. You see, these structural shifts can have an effect on the structures around them, making them weaker, and eventually causing wear and tear and degeneration.

It is like driving around in your car while the wheel alignment is off. You may not notice the damage, but over time, the tires and suspension will begin to wear unevenly, and cause them to decay. You may not even notice this primary problem until the tires and suspension are noticeably damaged.

The second reason is that the function of the nerve system can be affected by these structural shifts. Now, this nervous system is ESSENTIAL to a fully functioning body. It controls and co-ordinates every cell tissue and function of the body. If you lower the function of this system at all, you reduce the function (and health) of your whole body. Again, this may not hurt, but will reduce your ability to move, exercise, play, work and experience life.

This is why, even if you “just felt it go” we make a point of checking for objective indicators of structural shift, neurological stress and degeneration.

When using a NeuroStructural approach, we need a complete picture of what is happening before we can start precise care.

Now obviously, some will still chose to use care only for the secondary conditions, while others will want to correct the primary condition, and of course it is up to you how you use our care, but we will still always want to complete picture so we can help as effectively as possible, regardless of your health goals.