Thumbs Up to Relief
Many people associate going to a chiropractor with pain and symptoms such as neck pain, heachaches, back pain, and joint pain. Additionally, we have helped people seek symptomatic relief for help with conditions such as: earaches, arthritis, asthma, infertility, heartburn, seizures, migraines, ADHD, colic, blood pressure, and constipation as well as many other conditions. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms but most importantly to work towards correcting the source or cause of the problem. Recommendations for each individual vary depending on their case.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. Fortunately, pain is typically one of the first symptoms to disappear underneath chiropractic care. However, as you have just learned pain is a poor indicator of a problem. Condtions can persist for years without pain.
Teaming Up for Optimal Health
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care in order to ensure the cause of the problem has been corrected even though your symptoms are gone.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center or at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.