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Visiting the chiropractor: How do you know when to go, and how often?

Despite what some people may believe, visiting the chiropractor isn’t only for people with a lot of back, hip, or neck pain. You can think of having regular adjustments as a way to keep up good habits, and have a healthier lifestyle. That being said, It is especially important for those who do have painful conditions to visit the chiropractor more often, and get on top of what is causing the issues.

Some patients go to the chiropractor weekly for preventative care, but others for treatment. If you have any of these following symptoms or experiences, you may want to see about making an appointment.

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Sport-related injuries

  • Vehicle wreck

  • Pain or tiredness during work

  • Chronic headaches/migraines

  • Chronic pain

Other than physical pains going away over time, these chiropractic visits will help in non-physical ways, such as:

  • Relief from stress

  • Better posture

  • Better sleep

Your chiropractic visits will be scheduled based on your individual needs. For some people, weekly sessions will be the most effective. Others might find that bi-monthly adjustments are enough. Along with getting your routine appointments, other exercises will need to be incorporated to get the most benefit out of your care.

These treatments will be most effective if you do your part. To help with pain alleviation, the chiropractor may suggest some activities for you to do outside of your visits. Neck rolls are an example of a movement that can help. On top of that, try to avoid slouching since it puts pressure on your spine. When driving, avoid reclining the seat and instead sit near to the steering wheel.

The cause for your visit to the chiropractor will decide how often you should undergo adjustments. Is it because you're in pain and need medical help, or are you doing it to avoid future problems?

He or she will also make recommendations for the best treatment options as well as a plan to help you recover. More serious issues such as disc problems, serious damage/injury, chronic spine and joint pain may demand 2-3 weekly visits at first.

Sprains, strains, and muscular spasms, for example, may not demand as frequent of visits. As a result, the chiropractor may ask you to come once a week. They will most likely propose follow-up sessions to check how your body is responding to the treatments. If your body is responding well to the aftercare, the frequency of your chiropractic visits will go down quite a bit.


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