Every single new patient typically asks, ” how often should I see a chiropractor? ”  The answer is should be, “it depends on your goals”. 

Goals For Our Patients

Did you wake up this morning, bend over to feed the dog only to have your back go out on you and now you can’t walk up stairs?  Is your concern only how do we fix today’s pain?  Of course, you want to feel better fast.  We all do and often feeling better is pretty simple if you get some chiropractic treatment.  After your first adjustment by our chiropractor, the hope is that you feel less pinching and more range of motion. Often times the pain will still be there in some form and still have the potential to be great again.

Usually someone’s spinal problems did not occur due to one day’s activities; they tend to have a history of on and off pain over several years and whether they have started to have constant annoying and nagging pain or sharp, extreme and shooting pain is due to wear and tear that finally surpassed your body’s ability to work around on its own.

Healing Takes Time

To heal, you also have to be honest about what caused the problem in the first place. Aside from a definitive trauma, fall or accident, have you stopped exercising?  Have you gained weight over the last five years?  Have you always been carrying too much weight on your frame causing accelerated aging to your joints? There are many things that contribute to healing time, my advice is to acknowledge these factors and work to not only get out of pain but to also achieve and overcome these factors that could be putting you at risk for injury or reinjury.

What Are Your Goals?

If your goal is to simply rid yourself of the pain that was brought on by this one incident, it won’t take long to heal.  Often you will need to be adjusted 2-3 times per week for a 2-4 weeks by a chiropractor to begin feeling better.  If you want to address your underlying concerns that have caused you to have a constant level of stiffness before you decide on a big injury or if you want care offered by a chiropractor to change your posture or your underlying mechanical dysfunction, we are talking about a much longer process. That is a process that really does require 1-2 months of very regular adjustments by a chiropractor.

On-Going Treatment

Once you are out of pain or have finished a series of consistent corrective adjustments, you would be smart to be adjusted regularly by a chiropractor.  What is considered regular?  If you are very athletic or are involved in a highly stressful lifestyle, it may be once a week. This can preserve your current state of wellness and act to prevent injuries.  Getting adjusted regularly keeps little concerns from becoming big concerns.  For my patients, especially the ones who sit at desks all day, I recommend that they maintain their adjustment schedule every two to four weeks. Your chiropractor will be able to tell you what the right schedule is for you.

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