We all know that if we ignore the check engine light in our car, eventually we will be faced with a bigger problem, which will be far more serious and inconvenient to deal with than a trip to the mechanic to check out the problem early on. Well, the same is true with our bodies, except these signs might be a mild pain in your back, neck or limbs. The pain may linger or even go away for a while, only to come back, explains Victoria Chiropractor Dr. Stephanie Louie.
“Any time you have a symptom, such as pain, in your body, it’s telling you something isn’t quite right,” says Dr. Louie. “Often when a persistent ache or pain goes away for a while, it can come back with a vengeance and that’s when I see the patient, writhing in pain, sometimes not able to walk with a straight back or fully support themselves while walking. The best way of dealing with these issues is to nip them in the bud before they become a bigger problem and affect your mobility and everyday activities.
In most cases, Dr. Louie, through her Saanich chiropractic practice Mind Body Spine can fully treat the problem, but in some instances, it has gone on for so long that in its progressed state, more extreme intervention measures, such as surgery, may have to be done, which can be very risky. That’s why Dr. Louie encourages people to see a chiropractor or other health practitioner as soon as they start to feel pain. She sees a lot of patients for back and neck pain, but pain in your arms or legs or chronic headaches can also be related to the spine and something she can treat.
On a daily basis Dr. Louie sees patients who ignore aches and pains until they simply cannot be ignored. That twinge in one’s arm or back may eventually lead to immense pain, and those simple things we take for granted like putting on our socks and shoes and walking may become far more difficult to do.
“People can heal quickly,” assures Dr. Louie. “We usually see people get quicker results when they eat right, move correctly, have a positive outlook on life, minimize their exposure to toxins, and take care of their body.”
She insists that age is not a good reason to blame for aches and pains because not everyone develops arthritis, for example. A lot of these problems can be avoided or at least minimized through proper care.
“If you take care of yourself your whole life, you should have fewer problems,” she adds.
At Mind Body Spine, Dr. Louie takes a holistic approach to healing that includes chiropractic treatment, nutrition counselling, exercise and positive thinking.
The suggestions and advice provided by Dr. Louie should not be relied upon in place of a Chiropractor professional assessment.