Do You Have to See the Chiropractor Forever?
This is a common misconception throughout the world today. In reality, this statement should say, “After your first visit, you will want to go to a chiropractor for the rest of your life”.
Most people that have been under consistent chiropractic care will tell you how if they go a while without an adjustment they start to feel it. Ultimately, once under chiropractic care it is up to you whether you continue or not.
It is important to understand every person’s care plan varies from one another. A few factors that can create these differences are; how many injuries someone has, severity of these injuries, health level of the vertebra and disc, and response to care. This means your visits could range anywhere from twice a week to every other week. There are also different levels of care to progress through.
The first stage of care is intensive care to help relieve symptoms. It usually takes about a month to get through this phase. The second level is stability care in order to stabilize and strengthen the spine, lasting around 1-3 months. Next, is corrective care to correct the problem, again taking about 1-3 months. Finally, moving into wellness care which helps maintain all of the corrective care, keep your body in alignment, and achieve optimal health.
How fast a person progresses through different levels of care can be due to age, compliance of at home exercises or care, and how consistently they show up to appointments. It is important that your chiropractor is preforming some kind of analysis to monitor the progression of your care, as well as sitting down and discussing your results with you. These tools to monitor progression can range from a posture scan to X-rays.
At the end of the day, your health is your own journey. Continuing care is always up to the patient. Once you go to a chiropractor, you are not stuck going for life. However, hopefully you will see the value in maintaining a healthy, happy nervous system and spine the rest of your life!