People often think to only seek treatment or therapy when they are in pain.
Most of us feel niggles and strains, and we recover. Other times we feel them and we hope they'll get better on their own… but then they keep getting worse, and interfere with your day, work or life in general. That's a real pain!
You might take the odd pain killer, because that's easier…
It works for a while…
But then they stop working!
By the time you are in pain, your body has already reached crisis point. That's why it's screaming out to you to do something.
Our Body Is Capable, Until It's Not
Our body does an amazing job at compensating, meaning it can hold things together and keep working even when things aren't quite right, but if you stress it too much physically, emotionally, mentally it can only handle so much. Everyone has different thresholds, some greater than others.
So often we don't see people until they're in pain, but the issue may have been brewing for many days, weeks or months just waiting to rear it's head.
Our initial focus is to get you out of pain. This is when you can think clearer, move freer and get back to doing the things you love.
The Vicious Cycle
So many people feel great after two or three treatments then decide they don't need anymore. We love that feeling too, but unfortunately, we see the following pattern reoccur.
- You come in for pain…
- You feel better after a couple of treatments…
- You decide you don't need any more treatments…
- Then a few weeks later your pain starts to slowly creep back in…
- It gets intolerable…
- You feel like you're never going to get better…
When you get into the thought that you're never going to get better, that's not a nice place to be.
Your Body Like an Iceberg
In the above video, Dr. Auria Young our holistic chiropractor discusses how your body is like an iceberg. This is how we can best explain why your pain comes back when you stop treatment.
Your pain is everything you see above the water. Over time you have physical therapy and chip away at the painful areas. You feel great once you can no longer see the iceberg.
But look at how much is brewing under the surface, waiting to build up again.
So when you get to the water level, you're not in pain. The reason we recommend maintenance treatment is to keep chipping away at what is below the surface. To get to the root of the issues so that your problems take longer to arise again.
You've probably heard this term over and over again. And the analogy of the car. If not, here it is again.
Think about how you look after your car, taking it for regular WOFs and servicing (hopefully) so it keeps running to get you from A to B. If something doesn't sound right, or a light flickers on your dashboard, you go get it checked out. Because you need your car to keep working for you!
If you ignore the sounds and the lights, it may keep going for a little while. However, one issue may have a knock-on effect to another area of your car. It keeps going… until it can't anymore.
If you look after your car. Look after your body as your vehicle, to run efficiently, get you from A to B and make life easier!
If you don't look after your car, you may have to rethink things a little. Do you not look after your car, just like your body?
Do I Have to Keep Coming in Forever?
People come in depending on how long their body can hold a treatment. Various factors are involved and is entirely different for everyone.
Things that can impact:
- Stress – mental and physical
We aim to have you independent of treatment as much as possible. This may mean you need to make changes in lifestyle and stress situations that you are able to change. It may also mean you need to engage in stretches or rehab exercises, start a new activity to support your body.
People can come in from anywhere between every three weeks to 3-4-6 months!
The best part is they come in feeling great, become more aware of their body holding tension and reduce the rate of injury, or recover much faster from injury.
Allowing yourself to get treated is a great self-care tool. It keeps your mind-body balance, keeps you going and doing what you love.
Osteopath, Herbalist, Western Acupuncturist & Psychosomatic Therapist.
Jin is an intuitive therapist with 12 years of clinical experience. Her passion is the mind-body connection and how our physical body is a manifestation of our emotional state. She loves to get to the root of people's issues by delving deeper.
Jin's areas of special interest are frozen shoulder, jaw pain, sacro-iliac joint pain and pregnancy related issues.
Favourite technique: Jin uses a variety of treatment modalities but her favourite for getting results is dry needling and psychosomatic therapy.