When the Pain Comes Back...
If you’re a veteran or former patient of our office, chances are there was a big glaring problem that demanded your attention and brought you to us.
If you’re not receiving regular treatment any longer, you may have wondered if the adhesions that brought you in can come back. Like most things, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no.
Once your adhesions are removed they can stay removed for a long time. This is especially true for post-surgical adhesions that are a result of an acute injury or an invasive procedure. On the other hand, if your adhesions are a result of, say, sitting at a desk from work all day, or a result of your chosen sport or lifestyle, they have a high likelihood of returning over time if you do not change the behavior that causes the adhesions.
It’s similar to getting a regular dental cleaning - you get the plaque scraped off regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Adhesion is similar to plaque in this sense - it comes back over time and requires regular maintenance to keep the tissues healthy and fully functional.
What Kind of Maintenance Do I Need?
Just as you get the plaque cleaned from your teeth regularly even though you brush your teeth every day, many people require maintenance treatment to prevent adhesions from re-developing and requiring a more aggressive course of treatment.
For many people this can look like one treatment visit a month, or more or less depending on your lifestyle.
So if monthly maintenance treatments are your biannual dental cleaning, what is your daily brushing and floss? Yoga, foam rolling, consistent hydration and gentle stretching are all excellent maintenance therapies and tools for recovery. If used regularly, these can help speed your recovery in the initial treatment period and prolong the time between visits you need to maintain your progress.
When you compare the cost of a monthly Myofascial Adhesion Release treatment with the out-of-pocket costs associated with MRI, X-ray and other medical procedures for diagnosing and treating degenerated tissue, it becomes clear that the small monthly investment is worth it to prevent incurring more prohibitive costs (and potentially less treatable injuries/degeneration down the road).
The Healing Environment - When You’re Not In the Office
We meet many patients who come in to treat a problem and stick it out for enough consistent treatment that their symptoms go away. Often, these people will gradually fall off of our radar, only to reappear six month to a year afterwards with the same or a similar problem. Usually these folks have returned to their pre-treatment habits and have effectively re-injured themselves, meaning that they have to return to a more intensive course of treatment - which of course means greater expense in a shorter time period. Not ideal!
The bottom line: If your pain and adhesions are a result of your lifestyle and activities and you are unable or not willing to give up the activities that are responsible for creating adhesion, you will most likely require some maintenance treatment to prevent the problem from resurfacing.
We want our patients to be able to do the things they need and love to do without pain. Our goal is to support you through every phase of your recovery to live the life you envision. If you’re experiencing pain again call us at 347 841 6076 or via our website karmachiropractic.com to schedule an appointment for some maintenance treatment.