Many people ask when starting chiropractic care, “How long will it take?”, or “How long until I’m better?”.
In today’s society of quick fixes and miracle cures, it has become all too common to expect to get better right away and get back to your life. These quick fix approaches typically don’t correct the actual problem, but instead just cover up the symptoms and signs of a deeper, underlying issue.
You’re the Healer
It’s important to remember that chiropractic isn’t a quick fix. In fact, doctors don’t actually do the real healing. The true healer is you!
The healing power of your own body. This is controlled by your brain, spinal cord and nerves, which is why chiropractic is a good fit for you. The aim of chiropractic is to make sure your brain, spinal cord and nerves communicate properly, to reduce interference in your nerve system and help facilitate the healing power of your own body to restore health.
Factors of Healing
Your path to getting better depends on many factors. Your ability to heal diminishes with age, while degenerative processes and other problems (such as pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, etc.) tend to get worse over time. The longer a problem has been going on, the longer it might take to see improvements.
Your work and activities also play a major role, as well as your diet, the medications you’re taking, your sleep schedule, exercise and overall level of health. Generally, the more committed you are to your own health, the better chance you have at achieving better results in a quicker period of time.
Much of what determines your healing time is really up to you. Chiropractic care is really a partnership, and without your participation, results will not be as significant or as long-lived. It’s important for you to take an active role in your recovery, think positively and follow your individualized treatment plan.
Remember that the pain and symptoms are not really the problem. Following through with your care plan is what really goes a long way in getting you back to health!