Doing the Things You Want to Do

health functional testing

sponsored by Cornerstone Family Chiropractic

“The pain hurts all day at work…”, “I cannot turn my neck, and it’s affecting my golf game…”, and “I’d give anything to be able to get good sleep.” Our office has new practice members, who have never had chiropractic care before, come in with complaints like these. From doing the day-to-day job or trying to take care of ourselves, it’s no secret that pain often gets in the way of our ability to perform these functions.

This pain may have gone away for a while, possibly a temporary thing, like a cold or flu. It’s easy to disregard it at this point, but it returns. Maybe your low back was hurting at first, but now it’s your neck. Medicine was the fix for a while. Maybe you had to start stretching it out more for relief, but why does it keep returning? It is easy to quickly become frustrated when our actions are not producing the desired result.

Are our solutions truly addressing the cause, or are they simply masking the symptoms? Does it make sense to numb the pain or address the cause of the pain? This is a no-brainer. If it is within our power to address the cause of what keeps us from living the life we want, we’ll do what it takes.

A practice member we had to join our office, Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, recently stated the desire to deadlift without pain. However, with every reach down, the pain would light up in the low back, and with more weight on the lift, the more pain there was. Naturally, reducing the weight was the first solution, but the pain did not entirely go away. Additionally, this interfered with weightlifting goals set for the year.

Functional and structural testing showed segmental stress throughout the low back, likely the cause of his dysfunction. We reviewed what needed to improve with this and how this part of the nervous system, the body’s coordinator of all the other body’s systems, needed to look to function 100 percent. In this case, because your nervous system is needed for the muscles in your body to work properly, and if the nervous system is under stress, the muscles’ functions cannot work entirely as they should. Chiropractic aims to correct spinal positioning that stresses the nervous system so that it may work optimally.

Before care, function was determined to be around 50 percent capacity, and deadlift ability was limited. By the twelfth day of care, the first functional re-evaluation, function had increased to 80 percent, with no more pain reaching down for the weights, and the ability to lift a certain amount of weight was painless – this was a huge victory! Checking in at the three-month mark, function was at 90 percent. Again, the practice member had not experienced any pain moving toward the year’s weight goals.

This recent achievement is one of many we have the honor of witnessing. Who knows what will happen at 100 percent? If your looking to restore function, the nervous system is a good place to start. We hope you get to live the life you want to live, doing all the things you want to do.

Dr. Jordan Jensen earned his Bachleor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Auburn University in 2013 and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2018. Following graduation, Dr. Jensen was accepted into the International Chiropractic Association’s Diplomate of Craniocervical Procedures postgraduate program, where his research encompasses Chiropractic’s application of advanced imaging and patient outcomes.

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Doing the Things You Want to Do

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