One of the most frequent questions we get from people that have never been under chiropractic care is:
How Often Should you go to the Chiropractor?
While that is a fair question, the answer is a little more complex.
Below you will find a few things you can think about. These questions also play into the individualized treatment plan we make for you:
Each Patient is Their Own Person
No two patients are the same. We all have different bodies that go about a different life. All of us have different stressors and react to them in a different way. It would be crazy to think that the care one patient needs is the same as the next patient! At PEAKiropractic we provide you with a treatment plan that is constantly tailored to your needs. As your needs change, so does our treatment.
How Bad is it?
Generally speaking, the more the pain is, the higher the severity. For example, someone that gets struck by low back pain out of nowhere and cannot get off the floor does not have the same severity as someone feeling slight discomfort.
How Long Has The Pain Been There?
This is called chronicity and in healthcare it is typically divided into three categories. Acute, meaning the pain has been there less than 2 weeks. Subacute, meaning the pain has been there between 2 and 6 weeks. And chronic, meaning the pain has been there for more than 6 weeks. The longer something lingers around, the longer it usually takes to reverse. For example, bad posture that has been developed over the course of 10 to 15 years cannot be corrected over the course of 5 visits. There is a process that needs to take place for the body to adjust to new positions, even out muscle imbalances and relearn movement patterns for proper biomechanics. To answer the questions of “How often should you go to the chiropractor?” in a definet way would be wrong!
How does your overall health look like?
People take their health for granted. Unfortunately, being healthy is not a stationary phase. It is constantly changing and influenced by each decision you take. Not only physical, but also emotional and mental decisions. How well ones body heals is based on its capability to deal with all the stress it has. Stressors can vary from pre-existing conditions to fitness levels and genetic anomalies.
Patients’ expectations and mindset
As mentioned above, the mental state of a patient can very much halt or even prevent recovery from an injury. Setting expectations that are not appropriate for the situation is basically setting yourself up for failure. On the other hand, when a patient has no expectation to recover and lacks positivity towards their health, it will be very difficult to see any changes. Instead, one should celebrate every move forward. Even the small ones, and let the journey to a healthier self take evolve.
So in summary, the answer to the question of “How often should you go to the a chiropractor?”, lies within the patient. The severity and chronicity of the condition are important factors to determine the number of visits required for a certain condition. However, the overall health, a positive mindset and a targeted treatment plan could be detrimental to recovery time.
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