Explaining Wear & Tear
with Chris Biggs from Swindon Chiropractic Clinic
'Wear & Tear' may be one of those terms you've heard in the media, or your doctor has mentioned to you, and you find yourself being labelled with when you're suffering from joint problems or lack of movement.
It is also commonly known as arthritis. There is a misconception of the public at large that wear and tear can only occur in your late 50s, 60s and 70s, right? No! You can get ‘wear and tear’ at any age and it depends entirely on how you've used your body. It could be repetitive tasks at work that's caused it or sport. Whichever way it's caused, it can become a real pain - quite literally.
So how do you treat it?
The management strategy in ‘traditional’ healthcare is to treat the symptoms with drugs in some way; so we're talking painkillers, anti-inflammatories and anti-spasmodics. The conservative way, the alternative approach, that particularly myself and my colleagues here at Swindon Chiropractic Clinic adopt, is to ‘manage’ all the elements of dysfunction that come along with arthritis. These are specifically, Muscle spasm, Inflammation, Pain, but also stiffness in the affected joint.
We target these things by:
1. Doing soft tissue work (massage) on the affected muscles to reduce the abnormal tension present
2. Doing mobilisation or manipulation of the affected joints to combat the stiffness and the restrictions in function
‘Pain’ naturally tends to dissipate once the inflammation (swelling) reduces, as it only occurs when there's a problem. It's your body's natural way of trying to heal itself. Our approach, rather than drugs, is to advocate the use of an ice pack. Ice packs are quite effective at reducing inflammation, and work well in combination with targeted treatment to reduce all of the other elements of arthritis.
So, if you're feeling some stiffness or discomfort in your joints, maybe your 8 hours at your desk today has caused you some lower back discomfort, maybe your school run is starting to cause your neck and your shoulders some pain, or maybe just a spot of gardening is causing you issues, at Swindon Chiropractic Clinic we can help you!
Come down and see us. We'll keep you moving!