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How Healing Works

How Healing Works 

Natural healing always takes time. Be patient and you'll reap the long term benefits. 


The truth about healing is that there are many factors that control the speed of one's recovery. However, there are essentially two levels of healing. The first is symptomatic healing (pain) and the second is asymptomatic healing (without pain). Symptomatic healing always heal first. But once symptoms are healed (meaning the pain is gone or greatly reduced) we still need to focus on the asymptomatic healing which has to do with your function and structure of your spine. In other words, getting your spine to move better and improve alignment. 

The other day I had someone ask me how does healing work? From my experience, healing never happens in a linear fashion, but instead typically occurs in a “2 steps forward, 1 step back” pattern. In addition, healing also depends on the amount of damage or degeneration one has in their spine. The more damage, the more work that needs to be done. Another factor is stress. The more stress in your life, the slower the healing process works. Stress can be categorized as physical, chemical emotional or spiritual for example. 

What does this mean for you and your healing? Your homework this week is to think about how to increase your healing (other than with chiropractic) such as exercise routines, nutrition, diet, your relationship with God and ways to lower your stress (i.e. improve workstation ergonomics, properly deal with mental/emotional stress). Why do this? Because it's the difference between these two that controls how quickly you will heal. (Healing - Stress = Speed of Healing). 

The healing process is in your hands, putting some effort behind your healing will make a big difference in the long run for not just your health, but for you and everyone else around you. 

Yours in Health, 

Dr. Tyler