Healing Takes Time



Often when people present to a chiropractor they do so with longstanding, chronic complaints, sometimes even of a few decades duration. Given that we often only begin to feel bodily symptoms when the problem is quite advanced, the underlying condition may have been present for many years before it becomes noticeable to us. Therefore, as the condition may have had a significant head start, perhaps as much as several decades, it is not unreasonable to expect that it will take the body some months to heal.
As a patient it is important to realise this. Chiropractic adjustments will remove interference to the nervous system and therefore improve the environment within the body for it to be better able to heal itself, but this process has to take time. It is not easy for someone to be patient when they
are in pain or experiencing other debilitating symptoms, but patience is required. The body will heal itself as quickly as it can, even though this may not be as quick as we would like. Just as it has to take the body a certain period of time to heal cuts and broken bones, longstanding damage, not surprisingly, may take even longer.
Talking of broken bones, recently while on holiday I fell off a horse and broke both bones in my left forearm. Unfortunately, just like everyone else, it will take my body time to heal – in my case, at least six weeks for the bones to repair. Of course, I will do whatever I can to ensure that my body will heal itself as quickly as possible, (including receiving chiropractic adjustments, resting, eating well and doing rehabilitation exercises) but, it will take considerable time regardless of my best efforts and regardless of how impatient I am.