A bumpy road to recovery
As much as we all want to feel instant relief, the truth is that the road to recovery can be bumpy at times.
It’s common when starting chiropractic care that your symptoms tend to worsen initially. The back pain may feel more aggravated, or move to a different area of the back and hips. You may even feel some numbness or tingling in the arms and legs.
This is actually a GOOD sign.
It means your physiology is changing and your nervous system is FLOWING.
The chiropractic adjustment – at its core – is an aspect of functional neurology. The study of how nerve flow changes cell function.
The science behind functional neurology shows how the adjustment stimulates joint mechano-receptors of the spine sending a jolt of impulse into the brain – the cerebellum (balance, coordination), mid brain (emotional centres) and cerebral cortex (motor pathways, clarity, focus and attention centres ).
Research on brain mapping has shown us how a chiropractic adjustment instantly balances the frequency of brain waves to a more coherent state.
As your neurology changes, your body must change as a consequence. The muscles of the core are awakening and your spine is beginning to shift and change into a more aligned state. Muscles that were once dormant and weak are waking up and this increase in cellular activity will lead to SORENESS.
Just like working out for the first time causes aches and pains. Any time muscle activity is increased, there is an initial period of discomfort.
So, when you notice soreness after starting chiropractic care, it’s a sign that your body – your physiology – is adapting. That’s a GOOD thing !
It’s common for this phase to last 1 or 2 weeks, but in some cases, it may last a bit longer. This is called RETRACING. Your muscles and connective tissues hold memory of old trauma and injury. As your physiology changes, this old embedded memory needs to be released.
This “retracing” process needs to play itself out. Its the process of letting go of the ‘old pattern’ so to speak. It’s also normal to have a release of emotions during this process. The deep core muscles of the spine are wired to the emotion centres of the brain.
Allow your body to go through this process of regeneration at its own pace. Years of patterning will not dissolve instantly. It takes time to release it from the cells of the body.
What can you do to help this process ?
Simple. Don’t get in the way. When you allow your pain and discomfort to discourage you, the healing process slows down. An amazing thing happens when you accept it as a part of the process. Through acceptance, your rational mind gets out of the way and you allow the body to do what it needs to do without interference.
Secondly, keep active but don’t over do it. Listen to your body when you exercise, if it feels strenuous, stop doing it. Keep it simple.
Lastly, hydrate yourself to replenish the cells and remove the toxins. Eat natural and wholesome foods to fuel your body with the energy it needs to heal.
Remember, healing is a PROCESS. We’re not simply ‘fixing’ your posture. We’re awakening your nervous system. Your body knows how to do the rest. It knows how to bring you into alignment. Trust this process.
To your health,
Dr. John Filo
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