Most people have been injured or have some chronic pain at some time in their life. If you have been one of these people, you will know that it can be frustrating to find the cause of the pain, and the solution to the pain.
Here is where finding a professional can help you.
The problem is, who, and where, and how do you know this treatment, which will take you time and money, is going to make things better for you!
Here are some guidelines that my team and I use when treating, or recommending treatment to our clients.
1. Stay away from “big packages”
A good therapist requires relatively few treatments to give you a benefit. In fact, for most injuries one or two treatments should give you significant improvement.
Unless you injury is chronic, AND you are unhealthy (lots of tenderness all over your body, no exercise, bad diet etc) treatments done right should have a big benefit within a short time.
So, if a place asks you to buy a “package of 30 treatments” then run away quickly. They usually are in it for the money, and not to help you.
2. Ask for testimonials
All the best therapists I know from around the world have testimonials from satisfied clients who got great results. You need to ask for testimonials from people who have a similar condition to yours.
3. Make sure they prepare you for treatment
Some therapists do a great job of preparing your body for treatment. They do one or more of the following so that your nervous system, and soft tissues are ready to be treated.
- Frequency Specific Micro current
- Infra Red Lamp
- Some kind of gentle stretching
These are the guys who care. Those who want as many patients as possible and don’t care as much about results, ask you to lie down, crack your bones left and right, and say “thank you, see you next week.”
4. Use the right method for your problem.
Injury treatment is a little like martial arts. Some times it is best to use punches, sometimes elbows, sometimes kicks, and sometimes wrestling.
Similarly, your problem needs the right solution for it to be fixed permanently.
For example, if you tear a ACL knee ligament or have a SLAP tear in your shoulder, you need an orthopedic surgeon. Nothing else is going to help much.
If you have other kinds of pain, the causes are usually from your soft tissues like fascia, muscles and tendons. There are multiple different treatments that can help with this. Their effectiveness depends on how good the therapist is, and if the specific method is helping the root cause of your problem.
Fascia and scar tissue – You feel like your muscles are “hard” even when not contracted, or you have areas that feel “stuck” when you move. The best methods to help this are usually Active Release, dry needling and Fascial Abrasion Tool. Some DIY foam rolling or self myofascial release can work, but the above techniques work a lot faster. For example, I have used the FAT tool to get increased range of motion in 5 mins, that would take a few weeks of daily foam rolling to achieve.
Muscles not functioning well – you feel weak in certain muscles for no particular reason, or your movements are not normal because of muscle dysfunction. Or you feel pain when performing certain movements. Acupuncture and Trigenics are good for this problem.
A good acupuncturist knows his anatomy and can use the needles, usually along with some electro stimulation to get those nerves firing again.
Trigenics works well in this case as well because it resets the connection between you central nervous system and your muscles.
A combination of these two methods is likely to give you an excellent result.
By Jonathan Wong – Singapore