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How Often Should I Go to the Chiropractor?

How Often Should I Go to the Chiropractor?

We all have a natural expectation for our bodies. Despite the hustle and bustle of work, we move forward, expecting everything to keep up and not stumble. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Our bodies take a significant impact as we push further and further every day without rest. Our back, hips and joints become unaligned and become prone to more aches, pains, discomforts and significant issues.

Chiropractic care might be the missing piece to helping our bodies keep up. Perhaps you've looked into seeing a chiropractor but found yourself with many questions. Do I have time for this? How often should I go? If I start going to the chiropractor, how long will it take? There are plenty of theories and thoughts about how often to see a chiropractor, but what it truly boils down to is you, your body, and your goal. When it comes to seeing a chiropractor there are two paths of treatment: short-term and long-term.

Short-Term Treatment

Short-term chiropractic care is just what it sounds like - chiropractic care with one solution in mind that can be achieved in a short time frame. A short-term goal may be to lessen pain and restore normal function to a joint, whereas a longer-term goal may be to restore independence and handle daily activity. This type of chiropractic care is reactionary and is often sought to fix a pre-existing source of pain.

Once that pain has been resolved, a patient may stop visiting the chiropractor. Typically, if a condition is not stabilized, pain will re-develop over time. 

Long-Term Treatment

Long-term chiropractic care can be viewed as more of active maintenance of your body. This type of care provides a deep and constant relief of pain and discomfort. This means that once the pain is relieved, ongoing active health care may prevent it from returning.

Along with pain relief, many people experience an increase in flexibility and range of motion, a boost in moods and energy, better sleep, greater focus and concentration, and many other benefits. 

Which Treatment Plan Is Right for You?

The truth is everyone's pain, situations and adjustments will be different.  Chiropractic care is primarily focused on the spine, manipulating the body's alignment to relieve pain, improve body functions and help the body heal itself while avoiding medication and surgery. There are plenty of reasons people come to a chiropractor, including:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Injured Disc

Causes of pain vary from work accidents to car collisions. Sometimes the pain may come from a completely unidentified source. Just as the source of pain is different, so too is the healing process. Factors such as your activity level or prior pain history can affect the time it takes you to recover.

An easy question to ask yourself is how long you have been feeling this pain? If you have been in pain for an extended period of time, it will take longer to see results. Though delaying treatment for your pain might keep you at work longer or make you feel macho - it will only prolong the healing process. Seeking chiropractic care as soon as you can, encourages healing and gets you back to work faster. 

As you can see, several factors play a role in determining how long you will be on your healing journey. Chiropractic care used correctly and consistently can provide better health and a higher quality of life. Chiropractic care can not only help people recover from short-term health problems but also has the ability to maintain one's health and assist in preventing new problems. 



Whether you’re seeking short-term or long-term chiropractic care, Carlson Chiropractic works with you and your needs

Carlson Chiropractic utilizes the Kennedy Spinal Decompression Technique for a non-surgical alternative that can work on a variety of different timelines.