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When will my pain go away?

Woman with back pain

Many factors contribute to recovery time

One of the most common questions we hear…how long will it take for my pain to be gone? The answer is simple and yet very complex. Healing takes time. The one thing that we don’t know exactly is how much time.

Yes, we are Doctors. Yes, we know that the human body has unlimited potential for health and healing. You were created for health and vitality and life! But unfortunately, we can’t predict exactly when your pain will be gone.

You see, that depends on many different factors.

  1. The severity of your health condition and how long the problem has been there. Note: That is not the same thing as how long you have had the pain. That is a major trap – thinking that you have only had the problem for 2 weeks because that’s when the pain started. In reality, your spine has likely been shifted and misaligned for YEARS. Possibly decades. Possibly since your birth. That’s why we recommend all babies be checked as soon after birth as possible. The earlier a problem is detected, the easier and faster it can be corrected.
  2. The Big “S” word. Stress. It comes in many shapes, and it can cause serious damage to a brain and nerve system. Relational stress, long hours at work, strained marriage, financial burden, loss of a loved one, chronic illness, injury at the gym, lack of restful sleep, a diet full of processed foods, smoking, sitting all day at work, watching violent TV programs, keeping emotions bottled up, living in the past, fearful of the future… it seems endless. But it doesn’t have to be. Healing wounds of the past, committing to healthy habits in the present, and feeling hope about the future go a long way in aiding your body’s healing process.
  3. Compliance to your chiropractic care plan. We have devised an adjustment schedule and spinal rehab exercise program for you based on your history, current health status, and spinal x-ray findings. Logically, the person who commits fully to making every appointment and doing their home exercises (as well as dealing with the stuff listed in #2 above) will see the best and most long-lasting changes in their health.

So that’s why it’s tough to predict with certainty exactly when a person’s body will heal from acute or chronic pain. Healing takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The more you aid your body’s healing process and the more bad stress you can remove from your life, the faster you will see the outward expression of that in terms of less pain and more health!

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