How long will it take for me to get better?
When a new person comes in to our office, they typically have two questions:
#1- What’s wrong with me? This is usually more straightforward for us chiropractors to figure out because of the comprehensive testing that we perform. By analyzing the alignment of the spine and finding out the overall health of the spine, we can usually see why things are causing problems.
The more challenging question is #2: How long will it take for me to get better?
There are so many factors to healing and we would be lying if we said we had all the answers on why some people heal faster than others but the lifestyle that a person leads gives us tremendous clues on their rate of healing. No one really wants to hear this but stress is the major factor that dictates healing rate. Remember that stress is not just the emotional stress you face when the holidays come around. It’s stress from the chemicals that you take in (poor nutrition, drinking, smoking, medication, pollution) and the physical stress. Humans are creatures of habit and are prone to reinjure themselves through poor posture, bad sleeping habits, lifting heavy objects, and a mile long list of other physical stressors. So….. to make a long story longer, it really depends on the severity of the condition and the chronicity (how long has it been going on). Occasionally, we’ll have a patient that feels 100% better after 3-5 visits. This is not the norm, but it is great when it happens and we all celebrate it. More often than not, it will take multiple weeks to fully resolve the pain. However, when the pain reduces we will usually recommend returning on a wellness basis, to offset the negative effects of stress on your spine because it turns out that once you start chiropractic care, you typically don’t stop stressing! Think about these visits as “tune-ups” to your nervous system.
We are proud to serve you and your family this holiday season and while we know you may be tempted to forgo your care in our office because of business, we both know the natural consequences will be there waiting in the New Year.
Yours in health,