Medical imaging procedures such as X-Rays, ultrasounds, CT Scans and MRIs can be very valuable for identifying serious medical conditions such as fractures, dislocations and spinal cord injuries, just to name a few. However once serious problems have been ruled out by a doctor, minor findings are of no value in helping to explain the far majority of aches and pains. In fact, not only are the majority of imaging results not helpful, studies support that they are even harmful from a psychological point of view.

Undergoing continual tests in search of answers does not make someone feel confident in their health. Many Canadians have become a VOMIT (victim of imaging technology) and the numbers are increasing. Those who become a VOMIT have been shown to have an increase in doctor visits, longer lasting pill prescriptions, more disability, and an overall lowered sense of well being. Here are a few important facts regarding medical imaging that you must be aware of to prevent yourself from becoming another VOMIT.

- Studies have shown that lumbar disc degeneration is present in 40 percent of individuals under the age of 30 and present in over 90 percent of those between the ages 50-55

- Another study showed that amongst healthy young adults aged 20-22 years with no back pain, 48 percent had at least one degenerative disc and 25 percent of bulging disc

- Leading physicians of the department of neurosurgery at the University of California strongly suggest AGAINST the routine use of MRI for low back pain since they have found NO LINK between degenerative changes on X-Rays or MRIs and low back pain.

Translation: Do not panic if your X-ray or MRI shows problems with your disc they are simply NORMAL changes that happen from the age of 20 onwards.

- There is only a weak association between joint space narrowing seen on hip X-rays and actual symptoms. In fact one study showed that 77 percent of healthy hockey players who had NO PAIN had hip and groin abnormalities on their MRIs

Translation: Do not panic if your hip X-ray or MRI shows cartilage tears or narrowing: It is not a sign of permanent pain or disability.

The point is that worrying about your health is not only ineffective, it can be detrimental. The same concept applies to self-diagnosing your medical conditions and injuries online using sites such as http://www.webmd.com/. Stress can lead to it’s own set of physical symptoms, and these are just some of the many reasons why it’s so important to take physical action to treat the symptoms instead of just looking for easy answers.

Here at the Medical Massage Boutique, we aim to quantify your issues and symptoms so we can monitor the treatment and get results. Furthermore, it’s important from a psychological perspective to show your body that conditions can be diagnosed and improved, without worrying about the negatives. A study of professional baseball pitchers showed that 40 percent of them had either partial or full thickness rotator cuff tears on their MRI that they did not even know about. This is a great example that demonstrates the power of the human brain, and how mental states can affect physical conditions.

Keeping your conditions and stress levels in check is extremely important in maintaining your health, and our medical massage therapy sessions do just that. Our calming environment allows you to let go, and let our specialized staff treat your conditions. Stop worrying about your health and take action!