How Brighton Chiropractors Speed Up Recovery From Injury

Pain warns you when your tissues are damaged. You can’t ignore pain signals, and you’ll often be put out of action for a while.You might notice some natural improvements after a week or two, but waiting for things to get better can be very frustrating. Is it possible that chiropractic adjustments or physio treatments can sort things out more quickly? The answer is: yes, but it’s not a ‘One Crack Wonder’. 

When you come for a first consultation at Sundial, your chiropractor or physio will take a full history and do a range of neurological tests to pinpoint exactly what’s causing the pain. They’ll check to see precisely what treatment will get you back to normal (or better) as quickly as possible. You’ll also get an estimate of the time needed to heal and how often you should come in for treatment. Sticking to your treatment plan is the most effective way to get better. Can treatment at Sundial speed up the process? And are there any factors that might slow things down? 

What exactly happens when you suffer tissue damage?

In response to a rupture in a muscle, for example, the damaged cells die off. A blood clot quickly forms between the broken ends of the cells, while local hormones and inflammatory cells rush to the injury site to start the healing process. The damage is cleared up by specialised cells which literally eat the debris left on the injury ‘bombsite’. Your body uses proteins to grow new connective tissue and the blood clot is replaced with collagen (resulting in scarring or granulation of the muscle). But that’s not the end of the story. Even months later, your muscle is still working to regenerate and reorganise itself. If you return to activity too early, you risk re-injury and chronic pain; and if you repeatedly injure the tissue, scarring builds up, leading to loss of function.

Muscle, of course, isn’t the only tissue which can be damaged.

You’re made up of tendons, ligaments, spinal discs, bone and nerves too (among other things!). Each of these heals at different rates, requires different kinds of management and you can expect varying times before you feel better. Ligament and disc injuries, for example, usually take longer to heal because they have a lower blood supply. In the case of the cartilage between your joints, as there is no direct blood supply at all, the healing response is limited to producing scar tissue. Bones bruise, fracture and buckle and require careful rehabilitation to get you back to normal. Lastly, nerve damage varies greatly in its speed of healing. 

As you can see, complex healing requires careful management.

Some habits and health conditions or factors, such as diabetes, smoking and age, affect how fast healing can take place. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments are designed to work alongside the natural healing processes of your body, freeing stiff joints, improving restricted movements and rehabilitating painful conditions. If you stick to your treatment plan and fully engage with the exercises your practitioner recommends, you’ll make the best possible progress. 

Book in for a consultation – and find out how fast you can get better.