Feeling vs. Healing
This is one of the foundational building blocks in understanding why it's important to continue your care beyond relief of your symptoms. Pain is typically the last thing to show up and the first thing to go away in the caring for health conditions. Therefore, the presence of pain is rarely related to tissue healing. Research suggests that the healing of the supportive tissues of the spine (mainly muscles and ligaments) continues well after the pain is gone.
When your symptoms are gone, you feel better. You may even be tempted to believe that your recovery is complete. However, research indicated that ligaments and discs, because they have a poor blood supply, heal very slowly. Muscles damaged by nervous system interference may have formed fibrotic scar tissue and lost their natural elasticity. There is no way to hurry the natural healing of these soft tissues.
Chiropractic wellness care monitors and encourages the progress of your healing. Continuing care combined with lifestyle modifications will assure you of a more lasting recovery.
Many everyday activities can stress your spine. Even very slight, easily-forgotten trauma can cause improper spinal function. Worry, accidental falls, improper lifting, environmental toxins, sports strain, or even sitting too long can turn into spinal problems that grow over time. and in turn, this can cause the brain and nervous system to miscommunicate with other parts of the body, damaging your good health. Regular checkups and maintenance care manages small problems before they develop into big ones.
Muscle and connective tissue damaged by improper spinal function often adapt to stress in unhealthy patterns. Even after the bones of your spine are restored to a more normal position and motion, these tissues still "remember" those unhealthy patterns. Without continuing chiropractic care, they are predisposed to slip back into those old patterns.
When you are at your best physically, other things seem to go better, too. Your job, your relationships, and especially your enjoyment of life. That's why the chiropractic lifestyle encourages regular checkups to maintain optimum health. Chiropractic patients often report higher energy levels and better concentration than they've ever experienced before.
Think of your doctor as a partner and a resource in building good health. The more you understand about the role of your spine and nervous system in your health, the better your decisions are about your own care. Continuing chiropractic adjustments with other health care considerations, such as, dietary, and lifestyle advice, truly provides the path to Wellness that today's culture do desperately desires in their road to optimal health. So ask questions. Take an active role in learning more about your recovery and wellness.