Why does your pain come and go?
Did you know… Typically, the first day you experience pain is not the day you injured yourself.
Did you also know… Your first day without pain doesn’t necessarily mean your injury is completely healed.
Injuries — IE: any sprain, strain, tear, pull, compression, fall, accident, etc. — typically have a cycle they go through. There are acute and subacute phases, and sometimes even chronic, depending on the type of injury and the amount of attention given to it early on.
In most cases, you may injure yourself progressively. You might bend and lift something and feel your back tighten up. Or you might have been on the phone for an extended period of time and then you look up again and your neck feels stiff and “out of whack”. This is your body telling you something is not right. However, you might take a warm shower and a couple Tylenol and the next day all is good again — or is it?
Your body sent you warning signs via tightness and discomfort and even some pain to let you know you were injured, but you didn’t listen, and now things are going good again, until you lift something or sleep awkwardly and you wake up and things are worse.
Now, it’s usually at this point where you might seek help from a physical therapist, a massage therapist, a chiropractor such as myself, or another trained professional. This is fine, and you’re not too late at all! However, you must understand the phases of healing. Your body needs time to rebuild the damaged area. Chiropractic can help facilitate and expedite these phases, and we can teach you how to help prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Once you begin healing, it’s important to remember things are still in motion, still healing, even when you feel all better. It is for this sole reason that learning about your specific injury, and how your body responds to care for that injury, is the most important step to healing and getting back to doing what you love most.