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How often do I have to go to the chiropractor?

Updated on April 17, 2012
Do I have to go to the chiropractor for life?
Do I have to go to the chiropractor for life? | Source

Do I have to go to the chiropractor for the rest of my life?

How often do I have to go to the chiropractor?

This is a question often asked by patients and those thinking about starting chiropractic care. Many people think that if they go to a chiropractor they will have to go for the rest of their lives.

This is not true. It is entirely up to the patient as to how many visits and how often they attend the chiropractor. The chiropractor may recommend a course of treatment according to your health status at the time of presentation. However any future consultations should only be made with your express permission.

How often you are recommended to consult the chiropractor depends on several factors:

The type of injury you have

How long you have had the condition for

Your health status prior to symptoms

The cause of the condition, for example an acute physical trauma or a chronic sustained injury.

Your lifestyle

Your working conditions

Initially you may need consultations spaced close together to help you get over an acute phase of your condition. As treatment progresses and your body heals it is likely that your consultations will be recommended further apart.

Do I have to keep going once I feel better?

Again this is up to you, the patient. What type of care do you want?

Do you just want relief from your ailment? If you want to stop treatment once you feel better. That is fine. However if you still have the same stresses and strains in your lifestyle that caused the initial problem then it is likely that they condition may return.

Do you want to correct the problem? This type of care typically takes a little longer after you have received relief. This regime often involves retraining the muscles and ligaments surrounding your spine or other joint of your body.

Do you want to preserve the progress you have made?

If you would like to keep your health status stable then it is likely that the chiropractor will recommend a regime of maintenance. This is to help prevent future issues and to detect any areas of dysfunction before they become bigger problems. A bit like have a regular service on your car.

Do you want to prevent future problems from occurring or recurring?

If you would like your health status to be better than when you first started your consultation with your chiropractor then a management plan of wellness may be recommended. This will entail things you can do to help prevent future occurrences and changes to your lifestyle that will help you to achieve your health goals.

Do you want to keep well?

If you want to keep well and to stay healthy then you may want to adopt chiropractic as part of your lifestyle. This is similar to brushing your teeth daily, eating healthily, exercising regular.

You see it is really up to you how often you see the chiropractor.

However how you undertake your care is ultimately up to you.

Make chiropractic a lifestyle choice

Make chiropractic part of your healthy lifestyle choice
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