This week again, Mayor John Tory asked us to "stay the course" with our pandemic precautions. In particular, he said: "the message, at least for Toronto, I can only speak for Toronto, is stay the course. Carry on with everything we were doing before because it actually was working in terms of the [COVID] numbers diminishing". In Toronto, it's been just over a year of staying the course.
Make no mistake. Our community, like most of the world, is still struggling with the problems this pandemic brought. People are still getting sick enough to need hospitalization. Staying the course with risk-reduction strategies still in-order.
If you've visited our North York clinic any time over the past several years, you likely would have heard us talk about "multi-modal care". We didn't invent the term - turns out it is the gold standard approach for many of the neck and low back disorders that brings people to our clinic in the first place. Our recommendations are centered around a plan that can include manual therapy, behaviour changes, strategic exercises, and simply teaching you more about your condition. It's a plan that responds to your improvements and works toward sustainable changes
Turns-out that understanding your condition and the self-management strategies that go with that are very important. They allow you to be more in control of your physical health. Sustainably.
And that's the key. Whether its pandemic precautions, a personal relationship, a lifestyle like healthy eating, or your physical health - sustainable results require staying the course.