We can honestly say every situation is different. I know you hear that and yet you think there must be a formula. There isn't really. It does depend on whether or not your painful condition is fresh or "acute" or if it is an old, chronic, unresolved injury or condition you have had for years.
How your body reacts to injuryIf it is something you have had for a long time it can be useful to know that your body reacts to an injury in two major ways:
- It relates to it as a neurophysiologic HABIT, meaning it accepts that the injury will be with it until further notice and it take steps to accommodate to it. Some of this is done by adding scar tissue for self protection, thereby putting a strain on the surrounding tissue. This all produces more pain and reduced range of motion in that area of your body.
- Not only that, but the cells in their computerized self regulation mode, creates a MEMORY of the current condition. The cells see the body as what it is and recreate it every minute, every hour, every week, every moth, and every year just as it is now. This is done at the cellular level because the cell only know what it is at the present moment and reproduces itself accordingly. Yes, the cells have memory and all they know is to produce the memory they have. Until the memory is changed as a result of changing the cell function from disease to health, it will reproduce the same system time after time after time.
So, it can take time to fully resolve an issue that has been going on for years.
Lena's storyLena is a great example of this of type of chronic pain problem. Lena described her "pain" much like having "ropes" tightly stretched, especially around the right hip joint, right lower back area, turning around the midriff, and reaching up around the spine up toward her shoulders.
She said "my mobility was totally hampered by these tight "ropes". I can't swing my right leg to a step of what was normal length to me and I walk hunched over forwards." She proceeds to share, "So the ropes, or hardened muscles/membranes/nerves or whatever they may be, are lacking elasticity and they are painful. I try to break up the hard stuff stretching, turning and twisting, but there is a painful backlash some time after stretching. It feels like cramps. When I'm not moving, the hardened stuff gets painful, too, for example when sleeping at night."
Lena was visiting family in San Diego from Tokyo and she was encouraged to come in to see us. Imagine going to see health practitioners while you are on holiday when this is something you have suffered with for years - just part of your day to day. It was so awesome she listened to those who loved her.
Lena had a few SCENAR treatments with us and then she and her husband were taught how to use the home unit RITM SCENAR they bought from us to take home.
After 6 weeks of using the SCENAR she says "There is definitely improvement. I can now do things I couldn't do before, like standing on my left foot while putting on the sock on the right one, and walking is a whole lot easier." She said the "ropes" are lengthening and flattening out, loosening up and getting less painful. "Now I can stand up straighter, walk with much more ease, and get better sleep at night."
She said "there is more to do" and she is so encouraged to keep going...to break up all of the hard stuff (adhesions) and restore flexibility to her whole hip and lower back area so she can "fully squat" easily.
At this stage we encouraged her to continue the protocols we gave her and find a corrective exercise specialist to assist her in movement and exercise as she continues to progress.
So, back to "how long will it take?" In Lena's mind we know she doesn't mind at all the time it is taking as she continues to progress - one day and one step at a time thanks to SCENAR.