Pain is deceptive. It is often the last symptom to appear and the first to go away.
Picture this: You’re at a Bills tailgate, and you want to do the flying elbow off a minivan. Your friend convinces you it’s a bad idea. Your friend is like pain. When it comes to our bodies, pain acts as an alarm or warning sign.
Your friend leaves, and you decide to jump. To your surprise, you injure yourself. Much like your friend, pain disappears when your body isn’t trying to warn you. Often times, my clients believe they can do X, Y or Z because their pain is gone. That’s when they experience injury.
As a chiropractor, I treat both athletes and non-athletes. It doesn’t matter HOW you landed on my table. Pain is pain and detracts us from going about our lives. It doesn’t care about age, occupation or hobbies.
You may leave my office feeling pain-free, but that doesn’t mean you are healed. At a minimum, it takes six weeks with proper rehabilitation. There is no quick fix. You can’t be healed in one visit. You aren’t a car and this isn’t an oil change.
Are humans built piece by piece in a factory? No. Do you know why? Our bodies are complex. There are infinite numbers of calculations occurring every second and that is at the unconscious level. We can move with grace and fluidity while carrying on a conversation in a complex language of sounds while making dinner plans in our heads all while operating a motor vehicle.
Do not underestimate the complexity of your pain – especially if you’ve been ignoring it for months or years. Not only will you need to see me, but you will need to put in work. You messed up your body. It needs to be fixed. But in order for that to happen, we need to re-educate your body on proper movement. We need to make sure your muscle works in proper sequence (when they are supposed to). If your muscles don’t do their jobs, then your joints, tendons and ligaments will take up the work. That’s when you will experience more issues.
What kind of work will you need to do? In addition to follow-up appointments, I will give you various exercises to be completed multiple times a day. You can do them while you watch TV, when you need a break from staring at your computer at work, when you wake up in the morning and/or before you go to bed. They should become part of your daily routine, just like bathing.
I am here to help. In doing so, I will provide you with tools and resources to treat your pain rather than mask it. For more information on chiropractic and how it can help you, please click here.