Many of you know my Dad. He was the guy that had the dive shop here in Albury (5 hours from the ocean), but prior to that, he was also a refrigeration mechanic. An old school tradesman. Among the many many things I learned from my dad, was that you need to use the RIGHT tool for a job, not just one that gets by.

Sure you CAN use a pair of multi grips to loosen a nut, but you might round off the nut, or fail to loosen it at all. It MIGHT help, but much better to use a ring spanner and get the best result every time (can you tell this was drummed into my head as a kid?).

It is the same with spinal pain. Every day I hear “oh I prefer to use massage/yoga/vitamins/walking etc to help my pain”, with varying degrees of success. All of these things (and more) can all be useful tools for the right problems, or a tool that doesn’t fit for you.

Let me explain. Spinal pain, like so many other symptoms, is what we call a secondary condition. What that means is that while your back pain, headaches, arm and leg pain, lowered immunity etc are very unpleasant, and need to be addressed, they are more a secondary sign of the problem, not the problem itself. Much the same as the light on your dash is not the problem, the low oil is. The light is a secondary condition to the low oil.

So different primary conditions require different tools to help correct them. If you have a torn muscle, massage therapy is the perfect tool. If you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, then vitamins are the perfect tool.

In our practice, we focus on a primary condition called structural shift. We are very careful to specifically analyse for structural shifts in our exam process. If you have structural shift, the ideal tool to correct that is NeuroStructural Correction, which is how we practice here. If you don’t have clinically significant structural shift, then we are NOT the right tool for your problems.

So whatever you are doing for your symptoms and your long term health, make sure the tools you are using are the right tools for the job.