Why Are Chiropractic Treatments Scheduled So Often?

| December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

This almost makes it sound like a chiropractic adjustment sets in motion some slippery process that loosens your joints setting you up for repetitive treatments or your entire skeleton will soon fall apart. It’s almost like comparing chiropractic care to removing the lug nuts on your wheels so that your tires will fly off, mandating an immediate return to the body shop. So I have pondered this notion and searched the literature for any documentation on this phenomenon.

Perhaps it is the treatment schedule of coming to the clinic for several times a week or for a period of several weeks that supports this notion of compulsory repetitive care. It would seem that one chiropractic adjustment would be able to restore a vertebra to optimal position with one tap or thrust and all would be complete. However it is the tight muscles, ligaments, and tendons that create a rigid infrastructure necessitating several adjustments to restore proper alignment. Numerous factors can affect how many adjustments are required for restoration of proper alignment such as:

  • length of current pain pattern
  • congenital or acquired structural malformation
  • occupational hazards of repetitive muscle strain
  • stress levels and lifestyle choices
  • inter-vertebral disc integrity

Actually, many patients elect to continue chiropractic care after their initial symptoms resolve, because periodic elective “maintenance care” makes them feel better. I guess the adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could be applied here also. Once a patient has had to work diligently on recovery after a painful lingering back episode, they are often motivated to maintain their good alignment. Chiropractic treatment is an integral component to many healthy people’s “health maintenance” plan; similar to diet, exercise and proper sleep.

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