Posted by: eveyoga | December 2, 2011

To Treat or Not to Treat

I have a question which has been simmering on the back burner for a while and it seems a good time to bring it forward.

Why is that many people are reluctant to see a medical or alternative health practitioner when they have some condition that is getting in the way of everyday life?

I did a survey of a few individuals regarding the above question, and they gave me some interesting insights.

One said he wouldn’t get treatment for an ailment or injury because of fear. When I pressed him to expand on what sort of fear might be running him, he indicated it’s probably a male thing — one would be seen to be weak or wimpy by going to a doctor or physiotherapist. The thing to do is tough it out and then, with any luck, eventually you’ll get better.

But not always. A neighbour has been undergoing radiating back pain for the last 8 weeks, he reports. He has seen no one about it, and doesn’t seem to have any intention to do so. In the meantime, apart from the pain interfering with lots of daily activities, he can’t participate in his passion which is board surfing.

I don’t understand this mentality for myself. I don’t unnecessarily seek out doctors or other practitioners, but some of them have been great partners to me in restoring or improving my health.

One thing came out of my small sample group that was very interesting, though. It seems that a big inhibitor of getting appropriate treatment is that when a diagnosis is given, then that really identifies that there is a problem. No diagnosis, then it’s easy to imagine that there is nothing wrong. This is head-in-the-sand approach.

I know quite a number of people who have been showing up with various shoulder complaints: rotator cuff injuries, nerve impingements, bicep tendonitis, and the like. It’s partly to do with a certain older age demographic becoming more sedentary and less muscular, losing some of the necessary upper body strength, and then diving into strong workouts. These might be gardening, moving house or even yoga practice.

If physical problems don’t get too imbedded, then the recovery time will be relatively short. But, the longer the injury or condition is untreated, the rehabilitation may take many months instead of weeks.



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