First of all, Welcome to Rehab Paradigm, where we change the way you see your health. We have rebranded and is open for consultation!
Over the course of my 11 years of experience, i have seen many, many clients. Some, i am able to help within the course of as few as 1 session, others 3 to 5. Some, i can help after they stuck to the treatment plan for months to years. One lady in particular, took 2 years to recover form her whiplash injury, conquering her pain, as well as her fear of moving the neck with hard work and perseverance. In the end, she felt confident enough to ask me to stop and let her try on her own.
The rest of my clients unfortunately, did not do very well. while there are many different types of conditions and it doesn’t apply for every client that did not do well, i notice that there was a common trend: recovery is not the first thing on their minds. Don’t get me wrong, it is not that they did not think that recovery is important. It is just that it is only the next important thing after their work or chores or sports etc. they can only work on their recovery after everything else on their schedule is cleared; and we all know how hard it is to clear all our schedules.
In this age of information, a lot of people can formulate their life plans. They have insurance plans for this and an investment plan for that. They have plans for income source A and passive income B. However, not many have a good plan for their health. A lot of people just live life as they work, fall ill as it comes and let the insurance pay for their bills. Insurance is important of course, it can help with the massive hospital bills if you get something really bad (touch wood!). However, it should never be your first plan for your health!
For those of us who drives, we send our cars in for regular maintenance at certain mileage or at certain times, we try not to drive until it breaks down then we decide where to send it for repairs. Similarly for ourselves, we shouldn’t push our body past the breaking point and then try to put it together like Humpty Dumpty.
What can we do then? Well, for Plan A we can follow these 7 simple, yet not so simple, steps:
1) Regular exercise
Regular exercises have been shown to have a variety of beneficial effects: improving immunity, increasing endorphin production, preventing dementia to name a few. Even for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholestrol, exercise can help in their control.
2) Regular health checks
Sometimes you just cannot feel what is wrong with your body. Many people have told me that they know their body the best. An equal number did not feel anything wrong before having their first heart attack, first stroke, first slipped disc etc. Some of these conditions can be detected in the early stages and treated before anything happens
3)Progressive increment of workloads
Increase your workload gradually and progressively. Some people go from sedentary to running 42km full marathon in one day and then wonder why are they having this pain and that. this applies to chores, work, stress etc. Our bodies are built to handle a lot, but they have to get used to it slowly.
4) Stress Management
A lot of aches and pains are linked closely with stress. Stress by itself is not harmful, some stress helps you to grow and improve. when stress is accumulated and no outlet is present though, that is another matter altogether. I will usually recommend a hobby or breathing exercise or even regular exercise. when all else fails though, professional help may become necessary.
5) Healthy diet
As the saying goes, what goes into your mouth goes into your health. Try not to go for any fad diets, they are usually good for short term weight loss but does little to nothing for long term health. know what you should have more of and what you should avoid. Everything you eat should be in moderation. A cheat day once in a while is not an issue but don’t make it a cheat day everyday.
6) Know your risk factors
Make it a point to understand your own health as well as those of your immediate family’s, especially your parents. A lot of conditions have a genetic component and it helps healthcare professionals if you are able to tell them all the different conditions. other than that, know that for certain conditions like heart diseases, there are identified risk factors that can be managed such as diet, lifestyle, physical activity level.
7) Treat small ailments early, with the correct professionals.
Many small ailments can snowball into bigger conditions. Small aches and pains and lead to a bigger pain in the butt (literally or figuratively). However, many clients adopt the wait and see approach to these issues. Waiting for few days to a couple of weeks is usually ok if the condition is not worsening but nobody should wait for months for a pain to go away. Generally, most soft tissue injuries will be healed in 4-6 weeks tops. In addition, please see the appropriate professionals. Alternative therapy is great for some things like stress relief and feeling better in the short run but medical conditions require medical knowledge and some alternative therapist or masseurs just don’t have it
Of course, sometimes things happen and we end up in the Plan B situation, such as the recent Wuhan Virus situation. If that comes, you will be much better off having worked on Plan A.
Still unsure of how to do this? come talk to us and see if we can help!