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What Do You Want To Know About Back Pain?

There may be a question you always wanted to ask, but didn’t want to look silly, or just didn’t know who to ask.

For example, we get asked questions like these almost every week:

  • Why do I get back pain?
  • Is it true that when you have back pain, it’s there for good?
  • What’s the difference between a chiropractor/osteopath/physio/specialist/GP, etc?
  • Should I exercise with back pain?
  • Does stress affect it?
  • If my mum has back pain, does that mean I’ll definitely have it?
  • Is yoga any good for back pain?

…the list could go on and on!

 

If you can spare literally 30 seconds to ask your question here, it would really help us with our research.

 

Fill out my online form.

 

Thanks!

 

Mike Cassidy-Hogg

Doctor of Chiropractic

 

ALIGNSCORE: MEASURING YOUR WELLBEING IN SECONDS

“How much Life do you have?”

 

We do things differently here.

It’s not just about pain, although that’s probably why you’ll first see a chiropractor. We’re experts at dealing with aches and pains like back pain, neck pain and headaches; but there’s more to it than that.

We want to help you Thrive (and we’ve defined exactly what that means).

It’s about creating big effects with small changes; kind of like chiropractic adjustments do!

So let’s find out where you are right now…

 

  1. How have you felt over the last couple of weeks? Just mark out of ten how much you agree with each statement in these 5 key elements:

 

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

“I feel free and agile”

0           1              2               3                4                5                6                7                8                9                10

 

OUTLOOK

“Life’s good and I see plenty of opportunities”

0           1              2               3                4                5                6                7                8                9                10

 

COMFORT

“I generally feel comfortable and pain free”

0           1              2               3                4                5                6                7                8                9                10

 

ENERGY

“I usually feel energised and alert”

0           1              2                3                4                5                6                7                8                9                10

 

STRENGTH

“I am confident in my physical strength”

0           1              2               3                4                5                6                7                8                9                10

 

 

  1. Tick the one/s most important to you at the moment, or that you’d like us to focus on.

 

  1. Now simply add your points up, and double them to find a percentage.

 

Your current AlignScore is ________ %

…but what does it mean?

 


 

SURVIVE vs THRIVE

 

An AlignScore of 80-100% puts you in Thrive Mode.

 

This is where creative stuff happens, growth.

You’re happy, enthusiastic and excited.

Things feel easy, effortless, flowing.

You focus automatically on helping others and seek opportunities.

You feel gratitude and see possibilities.

You use positive language, watch and read positive things.

 

 

An AlignScore below 80% puts you in Survive Mode.

 

Life seems more difficult, and you feel restricted.

You seek comfort and relief, and crave sugar and stimulants.

You feel stressed, lethargic, or anxious.

Your focus is automatically on yourself, time and your surroundings.

You can’t help compare yourself to others.

Your language is uninspiring.

 

 

Our job is to help you stay in Thrive Mode.

It’s the best place to be!

When you’re here, it takes far less energy to get bigger results. That could be in your health, life, work, relationships or anything else.

 

Now here’s the good bit…

 

The point of this is to use our resources to help increase your score by one point at a time (or 2%). This makes it achievable, believable, and (believe it or not) actually enjoyable!

For example: If you currently rate your Energy as 6/10, how can we get it to 7/10?

Here’s how: By starting with the most simple and easy to implement changes.

 

Just ask when you come for your next appointment. You’ll be surprised…

 

Mike Cassidy-Hogg

 

Dr Mike Cassidy-Hogg is a doctor of chiropractic and health educator, who provides simple innovative solutions to common problems.

Doctor of Chiropractic at Align

ChiropractorBrighton.com

@AlignMySpine

IF IT HURTS, USE COLD NOT HEAT

I’m gonna come right out and say it… your hot water bottle is making you worse.

Gasp! Sorry, it’s true. Probably.

The instinctive thing to do it seems, when we’re in pain, is to put heat on it. It’s comforting. Perhaps it reminds us of when we got ill as a chid and our mother gave us a hot water bottle, or maybe it’s just a cultural habit that seems to have stuck around.

The problem is, when it hurts quite a lot, say more than 5/10; especially if it’s come on fairly quickly, then there’s probably inflammation going on which is causing the pain.

When you heat inflammation you get… more inflammation.

Heat often does feel good at the time, and a hot bath can loosen the tight muscles up; but you might actually be making the pain last a lot longer, maybe even for days instead of hours.

If it’s just a mild ache and you’re feeling a bit stiff, heat can be the right choice. But if you’re not sure, the best thing is to stick a cold pack on instead.

 

cold pack

I know! It’s not half as appealing as a nice toasty water bottle or a hot bath, but trust me it works.

We stock the professional gel packs that bend to fit the area of your body, and you can use them many times over. But if you don’t have a proper cold pack, get the frozen peas out.

IMPORTANT: you must cover it with a tea towel or similar, and not put it directly on your skin. Otherwise you’ll just blister the skin and potentially damage the tissues. Not what we’re going for.

Keep it on for 15-20 mins, put it back in the freezer, and repeat as often as you need to (with an hour or so in between).

If you’re unsure, just ask your chiropractor. But if you stick to this golden rule (Ice not Heat), you could save yourself a lot of pain!

 

Mike Cassidy-Hogg

 

Dr Mike Cassidy-Hogg is a doctor of chiropractic and health educator, who provides simple innovative solutions to common problems.

Doctor of Chiropractic at Align

ChiropractorBrighton.com

@AlignMySpine

 

 

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