One thing that can happen to patients on the upper cervical chiropractic healing path is that they tend to question: how do I know that my upper cervical adjustments are working? When can I say “I am healed”?
First and foremost, Upper Cervical Chiropractic healing is a journey, not a moment. Up until now, chances are high that you’ve become accustomed to having an ailment, visiting a doctor, receiving a prescription, and “feeling better” in days or weeks. You’re probably also used to some of the ailments returning on a regular basis, or perhaps getting worse.
This is where Upper Cervical Chiropractic differs from traditional medicine. It is not about muting the pain or treating the symptoms. Instead, Upper Cervical Chiropractic is about solving the underlying problem for which pain is just a symptom. Now, let’s go over some of the steps in the chiropractic journey so that you’ll have a clear understanding.
Starting Your Journey
Let’s first step back and imagine that you’re at the beginning of a long-anticipated road trip. You’re looking forward to getting to your destination, thinking about all the things you’ll do once you arrive. As you travel along, you take in the landscape around you. Perhaps there are some boring spots that you wish would pass faster. But there are also beautiful rivers and mountains that make you want to stop and admire them.
The Upper Cervical Chiropractic journey is very much the same. When first you start Upper Cervical Chiropractic treatment, some days may seem more difficult. Other times you’ll realize that the pain is still there. However, there will also be days when you’ll realize that you’re stronger and more flexible, that you have better balance, or that you’ve gained the strength to do some of the things you used to enjoy before your injury or ailment changed the course of your life.
Take Small Steps and Celebrate Small Victories
Depending on your illness or injury, you may or may not experience instant relief or an immediate reduction in pain. But throughout the course of your treatment, there will be many small victories to celebrate as your body returns to its optimal state. Throughout your treatment, you will begin to see signs of healing, whether it’s a reduction in pain, an increase in flexibility, longer periods between headaches, or even just an improvement in balance. Remember that healing, true healing takes time and each of these small wins is an important part of the journey.
No Two Bodies are the Same
No two bodies or conditions are alike, a unique aspect of Upper Cervical Chiropractic is that it takes this into account. There is no “blanket treatment” for all patients with migraines or any other condition. Each adjustment and step in your treatment will be done based on scans of your own cervical spine. There is no instant reset button for the human body. Just because the friend that referred you found instant relief, it does not mean that you will. Even if you both suffer from the same condition. When it comes to Upper Cervical healing, each body has a different pattern of response to its adjustments.
Track Your Progress
Just like parents tend to notch lines on the wall to keep track of their children’s growth, it’s important that you find your own way of monitoring the steps in your journey, and your ultimate recovery process. It’s a good idea for you, your morale, and your chiropractor to have a clear idea of how your body responds to treatments so that you can track your progress.
The Road to Wellness
The core purpose of Upper Cervical chiropractic is adjusting your body to regain its regular function in a natural and non-invasive way. You are not a machine, again, there is no magic reset button. Both the type of injury or illness, as well as the length of time you have been experiencing it will be determining factors in how long your healing journey will take.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic healing is a journey from pain and discomfort to a stronger, healthier, more true you. After your first adjustment, the doctor will have a clearer idea of what length of care will be necessary for you.
Most patients typically experience the largest change in symptoms during their first month of treatment. However, that is not a universal statement and our main goal is to have you start holding the adjustment as soon as possible to allow your body to start the healing process. If you are ready to start your healing journey, contact us today by dropping by our office at 1800 E 3rd Ave #108, in Durango, giving us a call at 970 – 259 – 6803, or clicking the link below to schedule a free consultation.
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