At the risk of sounding sexist, ladies, this one’s for you.
We see it all the time. Someone starts to feel a little better, and the next thing you know they’ve cleaned the whole house, weeded the garden and caught up on 3 hours of ironing. And the following day they’re back on our couch in pain again, and feeling like they’ve gone back to square one.
This is so common it’s the subject of one of the 90 second videos we send to all our new clients, to help them get the best results.
It’s human nature (well, for some of us). Some of us feel guilty when we can’t do the things we usually do, like we’re letting everyone down. But if people depend on you, the best thing you can do for them is to give yourself the time and space to get well again.
Yes, it can take a bit of patience, but it’s worth it!
Your body is trying to feel better, in fact self-healing is what it does best. So as soon as things start moving better, and the inflammation settles down, you’re going to feel a lot better. But you have to remember there’s still a healing process going on.
It’s like if you’ve ever had the flu or a heavy cold. When you start feeling better you might think you’ve over it. But try to run up a flight of stairs… then you realise you’re not back on all cylinders quite yet.
Just give yourself time to get better. That could mean a week off work, which can be frustrating especially if you’re self employed, but much better than your body making you have a month off because you didn’t listen to it.
Having said all that, active rest is the way forwards. Taking little walks every day, even just around the block or whatever you can manage, is far better than staying still the whole time.
If you’re unsure what you should or shouldn’t be doing to speed up your recovery, just ask your chiropractor.
In the meanwhile, go and put your feet up 😉
Dr Mike Cassidy-Hogg is a doctor of chiropractic and health educator, who provides simple innovative solutions to common problems.
Doctor of Chiropractic at Align