Can you have chiropractic after surgery?
Chiropractic achieves AMAZING results, even after surgery
So, you’ve had surgery. Did it go the way you imagined? Are you back to the lifestyle you hoped to achieve by getting surgery in the first place? Sleeping through the night. Getting around easier. Playing golf again. Better able to take care of yourself. Pain has stopped.
Chances are you aren’t or you wouldn’t be reading this looking for more help. Or perhaps things went well for a while and other issues started showing up.
Either way I want to encourage you that you CAN get better, healthier, and move towards the lifestyle you really want. It is possible even after surgery and chiropractic can help in many of these situations.
Watch below. She had surgery and then Chiropractic changed her life!
Chiropractic after Surgery?
The first thing you need to understand about any surgery is that, while the intent and purpose is to correct and/or clean up damaged tissue in the body and hopefully make you better, the surgery itself causes an injury you have to heal from. That is just the nature of it. So, you will need to have a real focus and commitment to healing and recovery AFTER surgery. Healing can be a complicated process that really only flourishes with patience and tenacity. Sadly, this is where most people fail. It is absolutely imperative that you have realistic expectations after your surgery and put the time in to facilitate and retrain your body. Otherwise you can have an unfulfilled outcome or create other problems.
Yikes! OTHER PROBLEMS?
Have you ever had a sprained ankle? I image that if you have you probably didn’t walk quite normal for a while. That’s a compensation and they are quite common. We even create them when we have surgery. You are programmed to create them when conditions aren’t right for normal function. You sit for too long and now you slouch to one side. You exercise really hard and from the sore muscles you walk a little different. You get the idea. We compensate all of the time. It’s part of our human experience. And compensations are good……….short term.
Compensations that stick around long term make long term habits that can lead to other health problems, aches and pains. Using myself as an example I had an Achilles tendon surgery that didn’t go as planned and I really botched the recovery. Because of it I created a compensation in how I walked (goofy leg movement and shorter stride on one side) and this led to a scoliosis curve in my lower spine. More problems. I’ve since moved on from those issues but it took tenacious patience.
I don’t want you to create other problems and I want you to heal thoroughly so you can go play and be engaged in your life. Chiropractic can help you heal and avoid long term compensations.
CHIROPRACTIC CAN BE A KEY PIECE TO THIS PUZZLE
Your spine is essential to EVERY movement and function of your body. You need as much strength, integrity and normal function there as you can get. This is where chiropractic shines.
“But Doc, I just had surgery. You can’t adjust my spine.” I’ve heard this so many times. In truth I may not be able to adjust the surgical site (can’t move bones that are fused as an example), but we can adjust around it allowing proper motion and healing nerve supply to take over. Also, we can adjust to make sure you don’t develop compensations.
How we provide a chiropractic adjustment in these regions will be different as well. We use gentle techniques that are safe and effective. Not the scary sudden big thrusts. Many times, I’ve had people remark how good they feel after just one adjustment because their bodies are so tense in the stress of protecting from the surgery that when we adjust, the body can relax a bit. It may take more than one or periodic adjustments to make sure that your body heals thoroughly and completely.
It’s important to know that before we provide care to anyone after surgery, we do a complete evaluation to ensure safety and accuracy. Many times, patients are referred by their surgeon or primary care physician who we might need to consult with to provide better care. It is imperative that this thorough work up is done prior to care. Also, it is important to understand that you might also need other professionals such as massage therapist, physical therapist or others to help in the healing process. Chiropractic doesn’t replace them, but is an essential piece for full recovery.
You can get better. You can get more pain-free. You can get more life on your terms. If you are wondering if there is a chance chiropractic can help, contact me and we will do a complimentary consultation where we can discuss your case. If I can help, I gladly will. If I don’t think that I can, I’ll help you find a place that can.
Dr. Jeremy D Overholt