Chiropractic Takes Time

Everyone knows there is no magic button for pain relief, although we all wish there was.   Most of us are simply not aware of how we become stiff and immobile over the years.  It may have happened so slowly you didn’t even notice or maybe you did notice and chose to ignore it instead.  You may have thought, “I really should stretch more” or “maybe someday I will get back in shape or take up yoga”.  While you might not have felt pain, slowly your spine lost its ability to move correctly and your muscles shortened and lost their flexibility.  What most don’t realize is that the shape of the spine actually starts to change and small problems with your posture become more set in and difficult to change without help.  Sooner or later, you end up with pain and need to see a chiropractor.

Chiropractic takes time to work.  Short term pain relief may come quickly. Changing your posture, changing your spines ability to move, changing your muscle health and structure can take time.   All muscles have memory and your body wants to go back to its old patterns instead of creating new healthy ones. That’s why adjustments need to be repeated again and again. Your body is learning new patterns of mobility and until the new ones can take over for the old ones, the changes from adjustments will be short-lived.

What can you do to help yourself?

Keep your appointments-  Your adjustment and therapy schedule is really important to keep. If you miss one out of three appointments each week, you are only getting 65% of the treatment.   If you’re not seeing the result you want missing appointments might be the number one reason.

Be active- Your body wasn’t made to sit all day. Too many people spend most of their day at work sitting. What do they do when they get home? Sit more. Get out and move. Families lives are focused around kids sports and activities. If sports are so important for them, why aren’t they for you as an adult? Everyone needs to have some sort of exercise they do on a regular basis to stay healthy.

Stretch-  If we haven’t started you on a therapeutic exercise program in our office, ask about it on your next visit.  Therapeutic exercise, using passive (without muscle contraction) and active (with muscle contraction)stretches, is one of the best ways to increase flexibility and range of motion.

If you have been doing all these things and still aren’t getting the results you would like talk to our doctors. There may be a simple addition to your treatment plan that will give you better results.

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