Where Does Pain Come From?
by, Dr. Michael Weir
You may or you may not know this, but our human bodies are absolutely amazing! This last week I had the opportunity to discuss with one of my patients just how adaptable the human body is to stress. I tell all of my patients, this is a good thing cause if we didn't adapt to stress we would probably be dead! In neurology we call this process of adaptability "plasticity". This is your body's ability to change, for the good and the bad. This is why, when you sit at the computer all day, you have a stiff neck at night. Your body literally changes, like a piece of plastic, to the position that you are sitting in.
One thing we have to remember is that these changes do not happen over night. Some take years and years to happen, but I can assure you, if the bones of the spine loose their normal alignment or mobility this will cause problems. Headaches, stiff and painful neck, sinus pain, jaw pain, etc... can all be the result of plasticity. The good news is that the ability of the body to change can be a good thing too! I work with plasticity of the human body every single day with every single patient that I see. As I am helping my patients regain the normal alignment of their spines, we are making changes in a positive direction.
Has the process of plasticity taken place in your body? Odds are, if you work in Bellevue WA, which is were my practice is at, and sit at a computer all day you have developed what I call Computer Neck. If you have headaches, neck pain or stiffness by the end of the day, then you most likely have developed plasticity in your system and need to find a chiropractor. As a chiropractor I can help you to reverse the changes that has taken place in your body and help you regain the normal alignment and motion of your body.
The other sure indicator that this process had occurred is if you have ever been in an automobile accident. Car accidents stretch the structures of the body too far making them more susceptible to this happening. Please, if you have been in a car accident (even if it seems like it was too minor to cause any problems) go and get checked. Car accidents can cause problems that can follow you your entire life!
Its easy to think of pain as something that only happens as a result of an injury, and while pain can come from injurys, there are many other ways to develop pain issues.
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by LINDSAY LARIN, Bellevue Reporter Former Staff Writer
Sep 3, 2008 at 12:00AM
Story is from the "Bellevue Reporter News Paper"
Imagine being cooped up for months in 120-degree weather, in cramped quarters, an entire ocean away from home. Now add the threat of war and the constant possibility of enemy attack.
Troops stationed overseas in places like Iraq and Afghanistan often are confined to limited space and unable to play some of America’s favorite pastimes like baseball and softball. With the constant threat of snipers, mines, and terrorist activity, troops are left to find alternative sources for entertainment.
In an effort to bring safe forms of entertainment to the troops, Operation DVD was founded by Rev. Scott Dryden and his associate pastor Dan Watkins after being approached by a sergeant requesting DVD’s to take to the soldiers in Baghdad. The DVD’s are sent to all branches of the military.
Operation DVD’s goal is to collect one million, new and used DVD’s donated by the American public for the troops, ultimately supplying 200 to 250 titles in rotation at each base.
Locally, Back in Action Chiropractic in Bellevue has jumped on board. The chiropractic clinic is one of the few collection points in Washington. After learning about Operation DVD from a fellow chiropractor in the Midwest, Dr. Michael Weir decided he wanted to make a difference in the lives of those serving overseas.
“It kind of struck a chord for me. I had a patient at another office who served in Iraq, and he was telling me that it gets up to 120 degrees and literally they can’t step outside. They have to come up with other ways to entertain themselves with DVD’s and such,” explained Weir, who took over Back in Action Chiropractic a year ago.
Many soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have portable DVD players and most bases have a reinforced recreation room equipped with a television and DVD player. Similar facilities exist on ships and carriers. Donated DVD’s also are sent to wounded troops who are receiving treatment in military and veteran hospitals all over the world.
Weir left his previous chiropractic job in Covington and moved to Bellevue to start his own practice. Searching for ways to get involved in the community, Weir volunteered for next year’s Relay for Life and now sits as the chairperson for team recruitment.
“Bellevue is just a great place to live and have a business and to really get plugged into the community,” Weir said. “I’m always looking for ways to give back and ways my patients can get involved and take ownership as well.”
Weir contacted Operation DVD and expressed his interest in helping with the project. A large collection box now sits just inside the door of Back in Action Chiropractic. Comedies and inspirational movies with strong moral and family values are encouraged, but Operation DVD will except any title donated. Children DVD’s collected are sent to the families back home.
“Some of these men and women who are over there fighting are my age. The fact that they’re over there is so humbling and the hardship that it must be to be away from your family and to not be able to get out and expend energy playing baseball and things. I just can’t imagine.” Weir said, adding, to have something like a feel-good movie to kind of get away for a couple of hours would be a Godsend
Dr. Michael Weir is a second generation chiropractor following in the foot steps of his father and two uncles. He is board eligible for his diplomat in chiropractic neurology with over 300 hours of post doctorate training. He has extensive, specialized training in examinations and treatment procedures emphasizing primarily the neuromusculoskeletal structures of the body and how they relate to the nervous system. This training helps Dr. Weir detect the cause of your problem to help you get better faster!