Prevention Vs Intervention

Monday, June 11, 2018
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What’s your prevention plan to keep your body fit and well?

 

The stresses and strains of everyday life eventually take their toll on our well-being and having a prevention plan is something easy you can do to make sure your body doesn’t start to break down.

At ThreeSixty we commonly meet people who need an osteopathic intervention, that is, they’ve already injured themselves, and need some help – ASAP.

But, have you ever thought about a prevention plan to stop those ailments coming back?

Our bodies are amazing and can cope with most of the things we do to them everyday. We push ourselves hard and work long hours, and often forget to do things that are good for us, like take a walk, relax, read a book, or generally anything to combat the day-to-day stressors our bodies encounter.

In 1908, two clever psychologists called Robert M. Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson studied the relationship between arousal (stress) and performance.

 

They developed the Human Function Curve, see the diagram below.

 

The Human Function Curve

Everyone needs a certain amount of physical and mental stress, which is necessary to function and live our human lives.

The right amount of stress is good, and is called Eustress. When we start taking on a bit too much, and not doing something to restore the body’s health, wellbeing and energy levels, our bodies start to exist in a state of bad stress – dis-stress.

Think about it in terms of your car. If you hear a clonking, or one of the warning lights comes on, you wouldn’t carry on driving it until the car no longer worked, would you? You’d get it to the garage.

Well, the body is the same. You just have to listen to the warnings it sends you, not ignore them because they are not so bad that they’ve stopped you.

Have a look at these two examples – which one are you?

Person A: “I don’t need it, I’ve had a couple of treatments and I’m feeling fine”

What great news – lucky you, just a couple of treatments later, and you’re already feeling better, but why did you get the pain in the first place? Just because your body is not giving you pain, doesn’t mean you don’t have areas that aren’t working at their best. Pain can be a last stage indicator that your body cannot cope with the demands being placed upon it in your daily life.

We see hundreds of ‘bodies’ every year and can give you a good idea of when to be mindful that your body needs a ‘top-up’ treatment. For people who take just a few sessions to recover, this is usually between eight to 12 weeks. Think about it – letting a body expert keep their eye on your musculoskeletal health four times per year? That sounds like a very small price to pay for giving your body the chance to operate at its best.

Person B: “I’ve had quite a few treatments to get me feeling good again – I don’t want my body to slip back to what it was”

If this is you, chances are your body had a few little niggles for a while and you just didn’t have time to listen to it. There was probably one final incident, big or small, which pushed you over into the breakdown phase of the human function curve.

This is where ThreeSixty came to help. We couldn’t just take back the final straw that broke the camel’s back, as such. We had to get the nearby parts of your body, which were over compensating for multiple older dysfunctions, working again too.

But – good news. You never need to be back to that miserable dysfunctional state again. All you need is a prevention plan – something or someone to remind you that your body needs additional TLC from time to time. If you’ve put in the effort to get to where you are now, take a minute to remember where you came from.

Ideally, we want all our patients to be fit, well and healthy. Let us help keep you there.

Some patients in this category are excellent at remembering to call us for a top-up treatment, but others are so busy that they forget. We can remind you! For these people, We’d suggest you come in initially once per month, and we will try to increase your treatment interval to up to six or eight weeks. That’s only six or seven treatments per year to keep good musculoskeletal health.

 

Sounds good to me.

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