What to expect when you're expecting...pain relief
When you're in pain, you want out now! I get that; I've been in your position!
However, it takes time to fix problems that have likely been there for some time. If you sprain an ankle, you know it takes time to heal. But, once the pain is gone, it's won't be truly fixed for a few weeks. Healing to full strength will take months!
Therefore, you should expect 6-12 visits if you want your problem fully fixed. The length of your care plan depends on the severity of your injury, your past injury history, and some other factors.
This is why you need a clinical exam. The exam tells us exactly where we are, and revisiting those tests allows to see how far you've come. Even when the pain is gone, we may find areas that need some work.
Similar to popping your knuckles, some joints have trouble moving at the end of their range of motion. When this happens, you may notice you can't turn your head as far. Sometimes, but not always, you'll experience pain as well. To fix this, a chiropractor moves the joint to the end of its range of motion and gives it a quick bump to get it moving again. Some soreness may be expected the next day (especially if this is your first trip to the chiropractor or it's been a while). This is our front-line approach to pain relief.
Graston technique is a soft tissue manipulation approach that uses instruments instead of hands. It allows chiropractors to quickly cover larger areas, while also getting into the nooks and crannies of the body. It used by more professional sports teams (NBA, NFL, CFL, MLB, NHL, and PGA) than I can list here, and is also seen in many top college programs! For pain relief, choose Graston Technique.
Exercise builds armor after you've reached your pain relief goals. We need to add armor to weakened areas, especially if they've been a problem for long periods of time. Without rehab, problems return. So, rehab is added toward the end of all treatment plans to ensure you have full range of motion, and the ability to use your joints on a daily basis. Don't skip this step; pain relief is just one stop on the track!
Research suggests chiropractic adjustments alone do not help as much as chiropractic combined with exercise therapy. Our approach takes the best research from chiropractic, physical therapy, nutrition, and personal training. When you start your care plan, you set a baseline with initial assessments. If the pain is gone, but you still have functional deficits, we need to work on them or you'll end up coming back for the same problem! This is where many chiropractors stop their treatment plans, and where we see a massive opportunity to save our patients money in the long-term. Think quality of life, not just pain!
I can't answer every pain relief question on a simple website. But, I can offer you the next best thing: a free consultation. Click the button to schedule. I'll answer your questions and discuss your concerns about your case. From there, you can choose whether to proceed with examination and treatment right away, or schedule it for another day.