I have experienced a small handful of patients coming to see me who brought up in passing that “oh yeah, I’ve been feeling numbness over here” or, “oh yeah, and I hit my head really hard and have a wicked headache right now”… Both (and others) which were followed up with – “Can you help with that?”
Yes. I can.
While my main concern is for the function and structure of your spine and its joints, I can address your extremities (feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands… anywhere you have a joint, really), I can address numbness and I can address headaches. Pretty much any part of your health – I want to know about. While I don’t want your symptoms to be your focus, knowing that they were present, and that now they are not is a nice metric of you getting healthier and your body finding its balance. So please, let me know if there is something new, or something in particular that you’d like me to concentrate on.
I am concerned with improving your experience of how you look, how you feel and how you perform (thanks to Robb Wolf for articulating these concise metrics of health). When you look, feel and perform well – you’re usually pretty darn healthy. Healthy Folks don’t have numbness, headaches or debilitating back pain/IBS attacks. Healthy Folks do eat an impeccable diet, exercise intelligently and regularly lower their stress levels.
You have the time. You just need to schedule it in and be efficient. Pencil in “20 minute workout”, or “prepare lunch and dinner for tomorrow” instead of “watch Greys”. Set an alarm on your blackberry/iphone to remind you to work out, say “I love you” to someone or simply smile and take a deep breath.
Make living healthy a habit. It isn’t difficult. Living in a wheel chair is difficult. Not playing with your children because you’re in too much pain is difficult. The initial change might be uncomfortable at first, but once you’ve gotten used to making healthy decisions, you’ll notice it gets easier and easier.
If you have any questions, let me know – I am well studied in the areas of nutrition/diet, biomechanics, exercise, and most other areas that have an effect on health.
Dr. Adam Ball