If a patient discontinues chiropractic care after only two or three adjustments, they haven’t allowed the body to adapt to the changes that are occurring in the body. For many patients, they are beginning care in their adult life have had years and years of accumulated spinal misalignments. The first few adjustments may cause discomfort due to the changes that are happening, even though they are positive changes. Patients may be expecting pain relief right away and can be disappointed to see that their positive change takes time.
Much like beginning a new exercise program, the body needs time to adapt to the changes that are taking place. The first time you go for a run, your body may feel tired, weak, sore and nauseous. However, give it a couple weeks and your body adapts to these new positive changes and you begin to feel much better and stronger. If misalignments that have been present for years are suddenly being corrected, it is expected that the body may ‘complain’ somewhat at first. It takes time for the muscles, ligaments and joints to re-adapt to the vertebra’s new and improved position.
Being open and honest about your concerns and progress is the most important key to success. Your chiropractors are on your side, they are here to make this the best experience for you. Dr.Laura Gifford and Dr.Peter Pain are well known experts in their field, they are here to listen to your goals and individual history to create a personalized treatment plan.
Have patience… Chiropractic care is a process that may take some time. You are likely beginning chiropractic care because you have recognized that something needs to change in your body! Remember that the purpose of chiropractic adjustments is not to relieve symptoms, but to help your body function at its optimum level by removing interference from your nervous system. Once the interference is gone, your energy is able to flow to all parts of your body as it is needed. With time and regular care, you will be very happy you made the decision to begin the process to relief.
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