Quick Fix for Chronic Pain? Consider this ...
There is an imperative that almost every Practitioner feels, which is to help their clients get better as quickly as possible. So, when someone comes in with a chronic problem, it presents us with a particular challenge.
Chronic, derived from the Greek word, kronos, means 'Time'. The term 'Chronic Pain' means that the pain has been around for a while - at least three or six months. When a medical person describes symptoms as 'chronic', it doesn't mean that they are severe, it simply denotes that the length of time the symptoms have been present. Indeed, 'chronic' may mean 10 or 20 years, or longer. They may be severe or simply annoying, but it is the duration of the problem that gives rise to the term 'Chronic'. This blog asks, "How easy is it to get a 'quick fix' for a long-standing problem?" And, as you will see from what I write below, "How wise?"
When a problem is chronic, it isn't going to be simple. If it were, then it would have either resolved itself by now, or else someone would have sorted it out. Here's the rub: a chronic problem has layers.
Now, this could be "mechanical layers", by which I mean that over time one thing has affected another. For example, a twist in the lower back may lead to a counter-twist in the upper back, and in turn, this might cause a further twist in the neck or mid-back, and this might affect the way we stand, the position of the hips and knees, and so on. Remember the old song that goes, 'The Hip Bone is Connected to the Thigh Bone, ...'. It's very true.
Or, the layers of the chronic problem may be layers of "neurological change". For example, an area has become so bombarded with pain signals that it may be "over-sensitised", firing off severe, amplified pain responses at the slightest touch. Or, there may be layers of "physiological" and "immune system" change, that may give rise to a painful condition like fibromyalgia.
When we look at unravelling problems like these, how simple do you suppose it is to find a genuine 'quick fix'? And how likely is it that a 'quick fix' will provide lasting relief?
Choosing a carefully thought-out treatment that unravels the problem gently, carefully and safely is, in my opinion, by far the better option. Apply this tenet: "a steady change provides a stable resolution to a chronic problem". When a practitioner is helping to unravel the layers of what we call 'compensations' and 'adaptations', providing a stable change is certainly more comfortable, and you are likely to experience fewer, if any, of the unwanted side-effects that sudden changes can bring.
To summarise, if you have a problem that has built up or existed over time, what you need is someone who will improve you as quickly as possible, but while achieving a steady, clear change, and putting both safety and comfort foremost.