How to Have Health Avengers That Will Heal Your Back
How to have health avengers that will heal your back isn’t some promo for a new Avengers movie.
It’s simply recognizing, with a little tribute to a fun movie, that older adults often seek help from multiply providers who may not coordinate their treatments.
This often lengthens recovery time, but when the opposite is true older patients heal faster and better.
How is massage integrated into chiropractic treatment to help you heal your back?
Let’s take the example of chiropractic and massage therapies. They are not only compatible, but they are actually complementary.
For example, “massage is often recommended before spinal adjustment because it relieves muscle tension that may be pulling joints out of alignment, and makes it easier for the chiropractor to move them back into place.
Alternatively, many patients who seek pain relief from massage therapists but find that their discomfort persists experience more lasting relief by adding chiropractic care to their health regimen.”
Linking providers and patients for better back health
In short, the chiropractor works to relieve the structural problems and the massage therapist works to resolve the soft tissue problems. The end result is speeding up recovery and making it a lot easier to heal one’s back.
What we can learn from the Avengers about team work that will help you heal
Before proceeding, let’s expand our conversation about The Avengers. Strength comes in numbers, so when Earth faces a supersize threat, a sextet of superheroes teams up to save the planet. That’s the premise of Avengers Assemble.
A big takeaway from the movie, after all the adrenaline rush antics are over, is that “When you’re part of a team–a truly cohesive unit that functions with a single purpose–you can accomplish wonders. A single team can do more in a few days than one person can do in a month, or a bunch of individuals can do in a week.” 
A call to action for your own team to ensure better healing
Just as one can imagine a team of super heroes coming together to save mind kind from destruction, then one can also imagine a team of medical providers, from different disciplines, working as ONE for the benefit of a patient.
What the team looks like as it carries out its mission to help you heal better
An example of such case management is from an osteopathic physician and a chiropractor who commented on their shared treatment with a mutual patient who had a personal goal to stop smoking, a known risk factor for back pain:
“There was one case that comes to mind…our participant was involved in smoking cessation and the medical physician and I worked together on that with different approaches, so I think we enhanced each other.” 
The challenges of super heroes to become a collective
One of the many successes of the movie is showing how reticent our heroes are to in fact become a team.
“Tony Stark (Iron Man) has his bristling ego, Thor just wants to collect his brother Loki and deal with him back on their planet, and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner (The Hulk) wants to hide away in peace and quiet… Only Steve Rogers…is willing to buckle down and follow orders.” 
Part of the fun of watching the movie is seeing how this collection of diverse personalities come together as ONE.
The challenge of health providers to coordinate their treatments so you will heal better
let’s go back to our earlier discussion about medical providers who work together and how that benefits their patient. In contrast, “clinicians who had not participated in interprofessional education reported they would likely not refer older patients for spinal manipulation because they had not developed a working relationship with a chiropractor.
Another practice challenge was that the providers worked in different settings:
Normally, people that are working together are in the same building, and even in the same wing…trying to get each other on the phone has been impossible. “
The trick to letting the health providers become a team that will help you heal better
The first thing that has to happen is that all the clinicians have to understand a common problem that needs to be solved. The Avengers came to understand that there was a threat to Earth and put together a plan of action.
The clinicians have to recognize older adults often prefer multidisciplinary approaches to complex conditions such as back pain. “The most prominent request was for a multi-disciplinary approach. [Patients] wanted both practitioners to be working at the same time, they didn’t want just one or the other. They felt the combination had an added benefit to them.” 
Respecting each other’s ability to help heal better
Just as each super hero has individual capabilities that make the team stronger, so too must the health providers respect each other’s ability to help their patient.
For example, the family doctor must acknowledge that there is evidenced based support for spinal manipulation in the treatment of low back pain. On the other hand, the chiropractor and massager therapist need to acknowledge the evidenced based support for medications in treatment of low back pain.
On with the mission of healing
Once that is done they can all go on with the mission of using medications, exercise, and spinal manipulation to help older adults who suffer from low back pain.
Working from the same location to better complete the mission
Avengers Tower is a high-rise building towering over New York City and is currently the base of operations for the Avengers.
This makes it a lot easier for the Avengers to interact with one another. 
So one of the things that has to be done, and that the patient has no control over, is the sharing of office space for medical and chiropractic providers to support collaboration.
The Earth may not face a super size threat that threatens to wipe out the planet, but it is clear that older adults are increasingly demanding that a multi-disciplinary approach be used to treat their low back pain. Medical providers and community health organizations could learn a valuable lesson from The Avengers on how this could be done.
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