Have you ever found yourself standing at a microwave and getting aggravated because it is taking so long to heat your food? We definitely live in a time where we want instant gratification. While I have nothing against immediate gratification, we can’t always count on it.
In chiropractic we have a principle that states, all processes take time. In some instances the time is so short we can’t register it with our conscious mind, and other processes are measured over thousands or millions of years. One question all patients have is, how long is it going to take to feel better and get well? Unfortunately, there are rarely simple answers to this question.
Here is an undeniable truth; your body wants to be well. It is always working to create balance or homeostasis. Through the detection and correction of subluxations, by way of an adjustment, your chiropractor is removing an obstacle for your body to achieve that balance. Once an adjustment has been made, then the body requires time to integrate that adjustment, restore balance and heal itself. Of course, this assumes that you have not surpassed your body’s healing capacity, which can happen.
Once an adjustment has been made there are many variables that will determine how long it will take for a person to get well. First, is it possible for the body to heal or has there been too much damage? What is the severity of the damage, how long has it been there, and what is the overall health of the individual? A person that lives a healthy lifestyle and is actively engaged in their care will generally respond better than the malnourished, stressed out couch potato that wants the doctor to fix them.
So if you are having a health challenge and you are feeling anxious to start feeling better, we understand. We want to help you get well as soon as possible. While we can help the process along by working together to create a plan that is going to help you achieve your goals, you need to work the plan and give it time!