by Dr. Amy Bowzaylo
In our busy lives it is often the case that when we feel a twinge or a niggle in our neck or back or any other area in the body for that matter, we tend to ignore it and just get on with it.
Work commitments, running kids around for school, busy social life, can’t be bothered, you thought it would go away…… you name it, I have heard all the excuses in my practice!
Many minor musculoskeletal complaints will go away in a few days with rest, gentle stretching, ice and common sense. If the same complaint occurs repeatedly this is a sign of a more serious underlying problem. As with a toothache, this repeated pain is a sign for you to listen to your body and take care of it. If you leave a tooth ache it turns into a cavity; if you ignore a mild strain or ache it can turn into a major problem (muscle tear, joint sprain, osteoarthritis, disc herniation) some problems are reversible some are not.
The moral of the story is: listen to your body, take care of it and address issues as soon as they arise. A healthcare practitioner who specializes in musculoskeletal injuries, such as a Chiropractor, can help you catch and repair a small problem before it becomes big. Another tip is it is much less painful to fix small problems than it is to fix big ones.
Yours in optimal health,