When I first started seeing a chiropractor a few years ago, I wasn’t expecting a long-term relationship. I simply wanted relief for my aching back after years of sitting in an office chair. My first appointment was so successful that when the pain returned a few weeks later, I went straight back to the chiropractor. Now I have regular monthly appointments to keep my spine in alignment and my body in tip-top shape.
When someone visits a chiropractor for the first time, they often have a lot of questions. How many adjustments will they need? Are adjustments really safe? How long will the adjustments last and will they keep having to come in time and time again? The good news is that chiropractic is inexpensive and is covered by an increasing number of health insurance plans. It is also very safe and effective – don’t believe the horror stories that sometimes circulate about adjustments!
The nature of the complaints, whether the condition is new or chronic, the patient’s health overall, and any complications such as scoliosis or diabetes, all go into deciding how long the course of treatment will be. The technique of your doctor is also part of the equation. Some use more “corrective” care which takes longer but is also longer-lasting. Others practice “relief care” which involves simply treating the symptom and making the patient pain-free. This is the kind of care that patients request most often.
How long your spinal adjustment will last depends on all of the above as well as your adherence to your treatment plan, which may include stretches and exercises. It also depends on your workload, stress levels and activities… if you plan on hauling huge bags of cement around to build a backyard patio, you should also plan another visit to your chiropractor!
After years of regular chiropractic care, I can say I’ve never felt better. If I miss a monthly appointment I start to feel the pain and tension returning. It’s simply part of my routine now, and I look forward to my monthly adjustments.
Some patients will go for years without adjustments, while others want them a few times a month. It’s a good idea to think of chiropractic care as a tool you can use as needed to optimize your health potential. Once you are accustomed to it, you’ll figure out what works best for you. The choice is yours!
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