How Often Should You Go To Your Chiropractor?
When it comes to chiropractic care, people have a lot of questions regarding the potential chiropractic treatments and sessions. However, one of the most frequently asked questions that chiropractic patients or future clients ask is about how often they should go to their chiropractor. There is no definite answer to this question. This is because many factors such as the patient’s health condition, recovery goals, and needs can affect how frequently they should visit their chiropractor to reach their overall health goals.
Today, we will dive into some basic guidelines that can help you and your chiropractor determine the adequate frequency of visits.
The Reason for Your Visit
One of the factors that may affect how often you should see your chiropractor is the reason for your visit. Most people seek the help of chiropractic health professionals for pain, especially for neck pain and low back pain. Unfortunately, low back pain is one of the most common causes of work-related disabilities in the U.S. Therefore, it is an issue that can not be neglected. A spine health expert can bring long-lasting results in pain relief and improve the patient’s quality of life as well.
Besides neck and low back pain, these are the most common reasons for visiting a chiropractor:
- Chronic pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Sleeping difficulties
- Concentration problems
- Mood affective disorders
- Digestion problems
- Weakened immune system
- Injuries (for example, fall, vehicle accident, sports injury, etc.)
- Biomechanical problems
- Incorrect posture
- Spine misalignment
Although all these above-mentioned health problems can lead to various symptoms and poor general health, spine-related issues such as spine misalignment are of the biggest concern since it can put a major damper on your quality of life. If you don’t want to end up losing your productivity, you should not forget to care about your spine health.
Spine misalignment is more common amongst people than you may think. This is because changes in the spine’s alignment can be so subtle that only a spine expert can detect them. However, addressing spine misalignment can be a crucial step for your recovery because very often it is an underlying cause of a bigger health issue.
The Different Phases of Chiropractic Care
How often you should visit your chiropractor will depend on which phase of chiropractic care you are in. Primarily, there are three phases of chiropractic care: pain relief, corrective care, and continued maintenance. In each phase the goals of the treatment sessions are different, so your chiropractor will apply some changes in visit frequency and use other treatment options to meet your needs and accelerate your recovery. We will talk about the three phases of care in detail below.
- Pain relief: Most people decide to consult a chiropractor because they are suffering from pain and they would like to get immediate relief from the pain. This is why in the first phase of chiropractic care the focus is on pain relief. Chiropractors can use a wide variety of treatment options to relieve the pain effectively such as spine manipulation, pain-relieving modalities, or exercises. Pain management is a significant step in the process of recovery as it may be needed for tolerating further treatments as well. In this phase, you may need to visit your chiropractor about 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
- Corrective care: While in the first phase the goal is to relieve your pain, in the second phase chiropractors aim to facilitate your healing potential by restoring your holistic balance. This means that your chiropractor may address your spine misalignment by spine adjustments, exercises, or he/she can give you lifestyle recommendations such as posture training or how to eat a healthier diet. In the corrective care phase, most likely you should see your chiropractor 1-4 times per month for 6-24 months. It may seem like a very long period but it is worth it if you are looking for a true sustainable recovery.
- Continued maintenance: The third phase of care is about long-term wellness. This is because your chiropractor would like to ensure that you stay well and the results you have achieved in the second phase last for the long term. During your checkups, your chiropractor will assess your spine health and if any kind of issues in your spine alignment or muscle balance get detected, they can address it immediately and make the necessary steps to prevent future health issues. In this phase, you may check in with your chiropractor 1-4 times a month.
CBP Certified Chiropractors for Holistic Treatment
As you can see, chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to patient care and recovery. Chiropractors, especially those elite spine health specialists who are certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), focus on treating the underlying issue that causes the symptoms in addition to pain relief. Addressing the root problem may require time, that’s why you may need to visit your chiropractor frequently- at least at first.
If you don’t have a chiropractor yet and you live near Oakland or Alameda, CA, consider getting in touch with Dr. Cynthia Boyd and her team at Symmetry Health Center. The whole team is CBP certified and ready to relieve your pain and boost your overall health.