I don’t like pain. I really don’t. Most people I know also don’t like pain. It hurts!
You know what? It’s supposed to hurt. It’s supposed to motivate you to change something in your life. All symptoms do. They are messages from your body, and when you have a symptom, it means that your system has gotten to the point where it can no longer effectively adapt to the stress that you are experiencing, whether from your lifestyle, or from some event.
People sometimes say, “It just started for no reason.”
Here’s the thing. That’s NEVER the case. There is ALWAYS a reason. We just might not know what it is. And thinking that there is no reason and that the symptom shouldn’t be there can actually get in the way of healing. It can lead to ignoring the symptom, since it shouldn’t be there, which introduces no change, and therefore no opportunity to healing. It can also lead to resisting the symptom, which can create more tension and other effects from the pain or the problem.
What allows healing to take place the best is to accept that it’s happening. If you have pain, accept that you have pain. Stop resisting the existence of it. It’s there, you can’t argue that. Merely wishing it away doesn’t work. But once you accept that it is there, you can take effective action about it. You almost have to choose your pain or your symptom.
Try it the next time you have something uncomfortable in your life. Try choosing it. Try choosing the numbness in your hand, or the pain down your leg, or even the headache. The more you resist it, the worse it will get, and the harder it will be to allow your body to heal.
I injured my wrist last year. I thought it was a sprain of the soft tissues, and I based my healing on that. After 3 months, I was convinced that I shouldn’t have it anymore. And I kept operating as if it shouldn’t be there. I then got the idea that it might have been broken, and I reassessed my habits around it. I allowed for the possibility, and accepted that it could have been broken, and that it still hurt. Within a week, the pain was gone and my function was 100% restored. I’ve experimented with this idea many times, and it always seems to speed recovery as well as decrease the pain in the moment.
I’m not saying give up. I’m not saying you have to lie there and suffer. But if you can accept the pain completely and choose it powerfully, you will be surprised at the options that suddenly open up for you.
It’s that horrible moment when your whole life will be different. You check both ways, you know you’re clear to pull out into traffic, and then that minivan just comes out of nowhere and slams into the side of your car. They were in your blind spot. Or perhaps they just teleported out of nothingness! In either event, you’ve just been hit.
There are many things that need to be considered now, insurance, lawsuits, who’s at fault, passengers, etc. You might need to get immediate medical attention if the accident were bad enough.
Most of the time, people don’t want to admit that they have suffered any injury at all. They want to be able to shake it off and go on with their lives as if nothing has changed. But here’s the thing: Every single experience you have affects your current state of health. Every one. Not just some of them. Every single one.
A car accident is a tremendous amount of force. It’s not a small event. Even a minor fender-bender can create a lot of stress in the body. Imagine you were going 20 mph. That’s not very fast, is it? Now imagine that you are running as fast as you can. Do you know how fast you’re going? The truth is that the fastest human alive can only run 25 mph, and only for about 100 meters. The fastest I’ve ever run is about 15 mph. Imagine running into a car at that speed.
Regardless of the frame of the car around you and the safety features meant to save your life, you will suffer stress from that experience. For some, it may alter your life for the rest of it. And that’s why it’s so important to get checked by a chiropractor immediately after the accident. Getting adjusted can mitigate the effects of the car accident, and get you functioning again quickly. You will miss less work and if you have the proper car insurance coverage, it won’t cost you anything.
Care at Brilliant Life Chiropractic for a car accident type of case ranges in duration and frequency. It may take only a few visits to have you fully functional again. And it may take longer. It depends on a number of factors, and I can’t tell you how long it will take until we do an exam. The exam will consist of a neurological chiropractic exam as well as several orthopedic tests to determine the extent of injury.
Please don’t wait. A common type of practice member that comes in is one who has suffered from a car accident many years ago. They were hurt, did the standard medical care for it, and after a few weeks or months, “felt” better, and went on with their lives. But because the stress was never fully integrated, they are now suffering from a chronic pain that really interferes with their life. It can be resolved, but will now take longer. Had they sought care immediately, it likely wouldn’t have been a problem.
If this has happened to you, or you know someone, please direct them to this website, or call the office. Thank you!