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Function First: Where how you function comes first.

To kick back off our weekly blogs, we are going to begin from the beginning. The core principle and idea that started Function First Spine and Sport was to teach people how to move efficiently and effectively get through their normal daily activities when struggling with pain and injury. Yes, questions about pain are asked and mode of onset is important, but when sitting in an exam on your first visit at Function First, you will know it is different. You will be asked questions about what your daily activities look like, what kind of job you have, how much traveling you do. You will be asked about what activities make the pain/injury better or what makes it worse. These are functionality questions. These questions are how injury details are determined, which then guides the proper healing and repair of the tissue affected. These questions also help guide recommendations are prevention of certain activities and implementation of specific exercises and stretches. Your movement will be watched and assessed. It will help modify the exercises that are given to you. This is how proper healing and prevention of new injuries occur. This also cannot happen without the full participation of you…the patient. The exercises are part of the healing. HEALING IS NOT A PASSIVE EVENT. It is not magic. It does not just occur one day when you wake up. Yes, pain might be miraculously gone one morning when you wake up but rest assured that pain is not the end all, be all of the determination of proper healing. Also rest assured, if you follow all the recommendations and exercise prescriptions then you will be healed. You will be more resilient to sustaining any further injuries as well.

Remember. Be active. Do your stretches. Have a great week.

Cindy VanSickler, DC, CCSP, Cert. MDT

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