Will I be fixed with just one adjustment?
Usually no. It is extremely rare that anyone needs just one adjustment that permanently corrects their health problems. We all like instant results, but the human body does not work that way.
If you cut your finger and cover it with a band-aid, the band-aid does not fix the cut. When muscles, ligaments and nerves have been damaged, they take time to heal. The good news is that no matter your age, your body never forgets how to heal itself. All it needs is the time and opportunity to do so.
Holding the Correction
As your body heals, the important thing is that the adjustment holds. I often use the expression that, “The adjustment is holding,” which means that a joint is staying in the correct position … thus that you are healing. There are 3 reasons that an adjustment does not hold:
- Your muscles/ligaments get weak. They are not strong enough to keep the vertebra where it should be.
- Your nerves are resistant to change (aka muscle memory). Your body must unlearn bad habits.
- Life goes on. By doing the same things that caused the vertebra to misalign in the first place (eg sleeping the wrong way, working and driving too much, etc), your body will take longer to heal.
As your body heals, the adjustment will hold longer and longer. And the longer the adjustment holds, the better your body is working.
What Can I Expect After an Adjustment?
There are three possibilities that follow a chiropractic adjustment.
1. You feel better. (Probability = 80%)
About 50% of people notice an immediate positive change following an adjustment. About 30% of people may experience fatigue, headaches or soreness from using muscles that have not been used for some time. Symptoms usually settle within 48 hours, but we will provide you strategies to minimise any discomfort you may experience. Change is not always comfortable, but is almost always a positive sign.
2. You feel the no change. (Probability = 15%)
The changes that need to be made inside your body take time. However, there is a chance that your condition may not respond to chiropractic treatment. If, after starting care you experience no positive results within 2-6 weeks, we will refer you to another health practitioner in order to achieve your goals.
3. You feel worse. (Probability = 5%)
Although exceedingly rare (<0.01%), we are required by law to inform you of the possibility that chiropractic care may exacerbate cerebrovascular insufficiency, severe disc injuries, or other pre-existing conditions. That said, I have never come across a single case of severe injury following a specific Upper Cervical correction performed by a qualified Upper Cervical chiropractor. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask us.