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Why do I feel like I have more aches & pains than before I started care?

Hello, this is Dr. Scott and I would like to address a great question that I was asked this past week during an adjusting shift:
Person holding their lower back in pain

Why do I feel like I have more aches and pains than I did before I started care?

I want to start by telling a story. I was at church this past Sunday and the message was all about what it takes to thrive in life. The pastor said, “if you want to thrive but you are not there yet, then we have some work to do.” Seems understandable. This is very similar to when you started care at LIV Chiropractic and you wanted a level of health different than what you came in with. What the Pastor said next was very interesting…

“Every step closer to thriving takes breaking old habits and patterns because they are not conducive to our best self and this process is never comfortable while we are going through it.”

This is very similar to the postural changes that are happening throughout care. When we have a poor neck curve or a spine that has shifted one way or the other, over time, the muscles become comfortable with this new position. If we are going to recreate better structure that will allow the body the best chance to heal, it will have to go through a transition period as we break old habits and patterns. If the pastor is right and this story is the same as his, every step of growth will not be comfortable but it will pay off in the end!

Here’s a personal story:

I had a bad knee injury playing basketball in my sophomore year of college. By the time I graduated, the pain had finally gone away. Although there was no more pain, my knee was still not working the way it was supposed to. I couldn’t jump or run the way I used to be able to. Within weeks of getting adjusted the same way you are getting adjusted at LIV Chiropractic, my knee began to hurt in areas that it hadn’t hurt in years! It took time for me to realize that this was a good thing. My knee was restructuring and strengthening in ways that I hadn’t done before and this was certainly not comfortable.

Now a few years later, my knee has restored back to normal. Many doctors told me that I wouldn’t be able to play sports anymore and I believed them. Today, my knee is without issues. It’s amazing what the human body is capable of when you give it what it needs to heal.

Fun fact: there was never an adjustment made to my knee! Just like you, the adjustments were all along the spine.

I hope this story was relevant to you. Your journey to better health will have ups and downs and ultimately, we will get to where we need to go. We just have to keep on going!

I’m honored to be on your health team. See you all this week for your adjustments and safe travels to all of you that are out and about!

- Dr. Scott

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