I am probably the most impatient person on the planet. I want changes now, not today, not tomorrow but yesterday. When I am working on a patient I want them out of pain immediately. I want their too tight muscles loose and I want their weak muscles strong. I want them “perfect”. The problem is that I didn’t get their body to the state they came in with and I can’t get them out of it. I can do my job as a chiropractor and I can give them stretches and exercises to do so they can make the changes needed to be pain free.
I wish the progress was quick but most of the time it isn’t. When a patient comes to me they typically have been working on their “condition” for years, sometimes 15-20 years. Pain is usually the last thing to show up, unless it is a trauma then pain comes on quickly. The body adapts, adapts and adapts until it has had enough and can’t adapt anymore. That is when you bend over to pick up a pencil and your back goes out or you sit in a bad chair at work and your upper back grabs. Now you have frequent or even constant pain.
Once you have decided to do something about your pain you have to realize that it could take months or even years to fully recover. You have to be consistent with your “homework”. Even if my patients are consistently inconsistent they make changes. They stay the course and progress starts to be made.
I have had two patients thank me recently for not giving up on them. They initially came to me with broken bodies. They needed a lot of work and their team (chiropractor, acupuncturist, physical therapist and massage therapist) worked hard to put them back together. But it wasn’t the team that made the most change it was what they did outside of the office. They did their stretches and exercises daily and they never gave up. That doesn’t mean it was all roses. There were times when their progress plateaued and they weren’t sure if their body was ever going to change. But they never gave up, they just changed the course of care.
We need to apply this is all areas of life. Do not give up. Know when to keep the course and know when to change it to keep working toward the goal. Just keep the faith and keep going. Stopping only prolonges the agony so NEVER give up.
Yours In Health!