Chiropractic Care: The Recovery Process
Have you ever had a broken arm? When the cast came off, that arm was stiff and weak wasn’t it? And then when you exercised to reactivate its strength and usefulness, it was a somewhat painful process. Or think about the bruised or skinned knees and elbow you’ve had. They’re pretty stiff and sore when they are healing, aren’t they? And nobody claims to be comfortable while a fever is busy knocking out a virus!
Healing in the Making
Once in a while, the same sort of uncomfortable things happen when a long-misaligned and locked vertebra is in the process of becoming mobile and returning to its normal and healthful place. We call these reactions “recovery symptoms” and like any other healing in the making, they are nothing to fear. Statistics have proven that among cases accepted for chiropractic care, yours will probably be among the approximately eight out of ten that show relief almost immediately, without any such symptoms. The remaining two out of ten may take a bit longer to experience relief. As a matter fact, they may even feel a little worse for a while.
What is the Recovery Process?
If you should find yourself in this minority, don’t be alarmed if your particular symptoms seem to have nothing at all to do with your original complaint. They can include headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, over-acidity, excessive urination, soreness of muscle or body tissue, tenderness of the spinal joints, or even a slight rise in body temperature.
What Causes Recovery Symptoms?
Correcting misalignments and subluxations by adjusting the vertebrae of the spine calls for certain physical changes that involve bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, connective tissues and structures must adapt to being more mobile and to the restored, normal healthy position. This structural realignment, which frees irritated nerves allowing more normal body functions, understandably might produce some symptoms of change; especially if one has had many years of debilitating nerve pressure or irritation.
Chances are that recovery symptoms will not occur in your case. If they do, you will know that they are just nature’s way of letting you know that the correction is being made. You always advise your chiropractor of any recovery symptom that you experience. Often, they are a good sign, and because doctors of chiropractic are doctors who care, they are most interested in learning of your progress, whether it is immediate relief, or, in rare instances, recovery symptoms before relief.
Wellness Care for Maintaining Good Health
Conscientious compliance with your chiropractor’s recommendations will contribute greatly to the permanence of the correction and your future good health.
At the stage of treatment when any recovery symptoms subside and you are feeling better, you have an important decision to make. Will you continue the care that has restored your health, or will you discard the investment you have made so far?
By eliminating subclinical nerve problems, regular chiropractic care can prevent new conditions from developing, and enable the body to maintain its natural resistance to illness and disease.
Doctors of Chiropractic are advocates for a basic formula for continuous good health: regular adjustments, proper nutrition, adequate exercise, sufficient rest, good posture, and positive attitude!