Check your foundations

All too often I have clients come in for a treatment who first noticed symptoms quite some time ago and didn’t take action at the time.

Here’s a little story to help you understand what might be going on underneath the surface.


 

You notice a small crack in a wall in your house, but it’s only a small crack and it can’t have been there very long, so you push it to the back of your mind and add it to the ‘deal with later’ list.

Just like the niggly ache in your back you’ve had on and off the last few days.

What might happen if we don't address an issue when we first notice it?

What might happen if we don’t address pain when we first notice it?

 

A few weeks later, you notice that the crack has got a little bit longer and a little bit wider. This time you head on down to Bunnings, buy some No More Gaps, and stand back triumphantly admiring your handiwork when the crack has been filled. “Take THAT cracked wall”, you say

Just like when you noticed your back ache has returned a little stronger than before and this time it didn’t disappear on it’s own accord; so you took a couple days off from the gym, took some anti-inflammatory’s, slapped on some Rock Tape like the guys in the Cross Fit videos and did some back stretches that someone at your gym showed you to do. You were back triumphantly training flat out in no time. “I’m a bloody machine” you think to yourself!

Doing a patch job on an issue could have future consequences.

Doing a patch job on an issue could have future consequences.

 

A few weeks later, you walk into your previously cracked wall room and low and behold the San Andreas fault line has opened up across the whole wall! Fair dinkum, you could probably fit your fist through the thing. You give your mate Dave a call who’s a builder. Dave stands there for a while, looks at the wall and says “why didn’t you call me when the wall first cracked? I can see you patched it up… there could be an issue with the foundations. This could be a big job”.

Just like when you were at the gym a few months later, and BANG! That back ache returned with some serious vengeance, and now you’re not sure you’ll be able to walk back down the stairs to your car, let alone do your next set. You call Matt from The Musculoskeletal Co. and book a Myotherapy appointment. Matt stands there and looks at you for a while and says “Why didn’t you call me when you first noticed your back was sore? I can see you’ve patched yourself up with some Rock Tape. Your hips are out of alignment and you’ve got some compensatory movement patterns going on. There’s likely an issue with your foundations. This could be a big job”.

Small problems left unchecked can become big problems.

Small problems left unchecked can become big problems.

Do you currently have pain?

What might happen if you don’t address the cause behind it now?

How much pain and expense could you avoid?

The point of this post is to raise your awareness of what’s happening in your body. Tune in, take note and take action if necessary. Click here to make an appointment if you need.