When you go to a chiropractor for treatment of pain, you expect to reduce your pain level and generally speaking, this is the case. If you have an injury or condition that is extremely challenging, you might feel a little bit of discomfort as your adjustment is taking place, but you will also feel incredible release immediately afterward. This is usually the case when an area of the spine that is chronically misaligned is adjusted for the first time.
Some people feel a little sore after a chiropractic treatment. This is because of the release of tension from the joints and bones and surrounding muscles and tendons. Most people describe this as feeling as if they have worked out too strenuously. With rest and stretching, this feeling will resolve in a day or so.
In addition to wondering whether or not chiropractic treatment will hurt, many people are also curious about how long it will take to resolve their presenting pain. This varies from one patient to the next because pain that can be treated by chiropractic work can stem from many different types of illnesses, injuries and conditions. Your diagnosis, your general level of health, your willingness to participate in your recovery and your overall outlook will influence the speed with which you recover from your pain.
If the first treatment hurts, will others hurt as well?
If you have a long-standing chronic condition and your initial treatment is a bit painful, you can pretty well count on subsequent treatments being less painful or not at all painful. It is necessary to have a series of treatments for effective cure of pain and misalignment, but as you move through the series you will find yourself feeling better and stronger and experiencing release and comfort rather than apprehension and discomfort. Some of this has to do with your healing process and the retraining of your muscles. Some has to do with the fact that you simply know what to expect and are less apprehensive.
Can chiropractic care treat all kinds of pain?
You would be amazed at the different types of pain that can benefit from comprehensive chiropractic care. Naturally, everyone knows that chiropractic treatment can help with joint pain and pain in the neck and back. It stands to reason it would be helpful in the treatment of other musculoskeletal problems such as foot pain, sports injuries and arthritis. Did you know that it is also very useful for treating problems such as allergies, headaches, digestive problems, fatigue, asthma, ear infections, colic and even attention deficit disorder. Bone work is amazing and a bit mysterious. While it may present a little discomfort at the time it is administered, the results of the work more than make up for this.
Can a chiropractor heal everything?
Chiropractors work by helping you help yourself. Along with attending your treatments as directed, you should also take good care of yourself and make an effort to build up your strength and your immune system. When you work in concert with your chiropractor you greatly improve your chances of attaining overall good health and wellness. Additionally, if you started out experiencing some minor pain during chiropractic treatment, taking proactive steps to strengthen yourself will help minimize and eliminate any discomfort.