In Chiropractic Philosophy we consider important principles and concepts in relation to health and wellbeing.
In this blog we consider a concept which is important to understand in health and life in general – the principle of time.
In Chiropractic we have a principle that states – “there is no process that does not require time.”
Our body is constantly changing with old cells being replaced by new cells – and of course this process takes time. For example the cells of the intestines replaced themselves every 3-4 days, red blood cells approximately 6 months, and bones every 10 years (or so)(1,2).
So you get to have a new body every 10 years, and if you’ve been married 30 years you are now onto your third wife! (or husband).
After care on the body it takes a certain amount of time for muscles to relax, and ligaments take time to recover after injury – varying anywhere from one week to up to three months(3). In chronic body problems the principle of time is certainly important.
Anyone who goes to the gym or has started an exercise program will be aware that to makes changes to strength, conditioning and posture takes time, with correct loads, frequency and duration all affecting results.
Some of our most ingrained habits in our beings is related to our lifestyle, and our thoughts. Many of us have conditioned patterns of believes, values, thoughts, and behaviours which we have developed since childhood, or with difficulties we have had in the past.
Whilst every person is different, in Chiropractic we tend to have a positive outlook on a person’s ability to solve a health problem, provided they can do the right proactive health activities over time. It’s the combination of “the right activity” and “time” which is important.
Yours sincerely, as you pursue your health goals.
Dr Adam Stewart
- Other references available on request.
- Journal of Athletic Training 2008;43(5):523–529