Three Phases of Healing-Part 1
Many times when a person goes to the Chiropractor he or she is under the impression a bone is out of place and pinching a nerve. He or she believes that if the bone is put back in place the problem will be permanently fixed. This could not be any farther from the truth. On most occasions, the pain is a result of injury to the soft tissues of the body. Soft tissues are basically everything but the bone. This includes muscles, ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, discs, nerves and fascia. After being injured, soft tissues heal by a relatively complex process, involving three phases. There are different phases of healing that are important to understand so that you know what your body is going through. . . meaning, what is normal and what isn’t. Knowing the three phases of healing will keep you from panicking about your condition.
Normal soft tissues have a criss-cross pattern that gives them strength in all directions of force. When soft tissues are torn, their fibers are disrupted in a manner similar to the tearing of a piece of paper. Once these tissues have torn, they will heal in three phases. The first step is the acute imflammation phase, also known as swelling. This phase and swelling will last for about 72 hours after an injury. During this phase, the tissues continue to swell causing more pain and discomfort to the injured area.