When do you want to weigh some food you use scales right?
To get an accurate weight you need to minus the weight of the container. This is called ‘zeroing’ or calibrating your scale.
Your scale now thinks that even with the container, the weight is zero.
I use this as a metaphor all the time for my patients and their pain thresholds.
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘Over time we become used to our pain or discomfort.’
Our pain thresholds rise and rise eventually to the point where we may become disconnected from our pain completely.
This is not a good path.
The body will eventually let you know and in this instant, it takes a lot more stimulus to create a reaction and then that reaction is often huge. I call it the Mack truck.
So when you first present to your Chiropractor or health professional understand your calibration is most likely way out. This means your symptoms are misleading, i.e. not an accurate representation of your pain. As I have mentioned, the longer this goes on, the more inaccurate your symptom picture.
Oftentimes during initial care, my patients experience some degree of healing reaction. This is not to be misinterpreted as an aggravation. What’s actually happening is your so-called ‘zero’ is starting to re-calibrate to your actual ‘zero’ however, this most likely feels uncomfortable initially.
Over time you will become conditioned and re-acquainted with your true self and come to realize that your perceived ‘zero’ was not a representation of optimal health.
So maybe it’s time to have you’re ‘scales’ re-calibrated?
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is the Principal Chiropractor and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.