Teaming Up for Optimal Health
Most practitioners regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person's care. We often joke that the right amount of morphine or Jack Daniels will take away your pain. If all that your doctors did was to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. Pain is often an indicator that something greater but hidden is going on, and your body is screaming at you to do something about it. If you ignore these signals, this greater dysfunction continues to progress and will likely flare-up even worse in the future. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone or more tolerable.
During the rehabilitative of your care, the focus is less on pain, and more on how your body works. Subtle muscular imbalances, weakness, instabilities or other dysfunctions can negatively impact the way that your body moves, leading to not just pain but also joint degeneration, neurological compromise, worsening posture or other issues.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Once your condition is stable, your pain is gone, and your strength, flexibility, range of motion, endurance, and power have all been restored to their maximum levels, you will move into the third phase of care, Wellness Care.