You visit the Chiropractor and he/she says that you need to begin scheduling appointments on a regular basis. The first thing you may ask is, “Is that necessary?” This question is a valid concern, and often comes up in patient/doctor conversations. The answer can vary for each patient, as each person has different circumstances. What needs to be understood is the bigger picture of how Chiropractic care works. Chiropractic works by restoring the natural motion and position of a joint that is “subluxated.” Subluxations occur when a joint is out of position or is not moving properly, which can lead to inflammation, pressure, irritation or damage to joint surfaces, soft tissues, or nerves. Often times, this condition can be caused by falls or accidents, but sometimes the reasons they happen are far more subtle. Do you sit for long periods of time in front of a computer or TV? Posture is a major cause of subluxations. It is these subtle causes that have usually been present for long periods of time. Our bodies, which are adaptive in nature, conform to these new postures and change the muscles to fit. As Chiropractors, we find these subluxations and help to correct them. Since the subluxations have taken so much time to develop, they also require time to correct. There is an old adage that everything in nature takes time.
One of the easiest ways to understand how Chiropractic care works is by comparing it to exercise. When working out to build muscle or lose weight at the gym, frequent visits are necessary to achieve results. The same is true with Chiropractic care – every adjustment builds on the one before it. Chiropractic is cumulative! We strive to reduce your symptoms as quickly as possible, but we also want to focus on stabilizing your condition so that your body does not revert back to the way you were on your first visit. This could mean a recommendation of multiple visits within the first few weeks of your care. Once your body has gotten a handle on your condition and can maintain itself, the chiropractor will often make a recommendation of continued care based on your body, lifestyle or occupation. This is maintenance care designed to maintain and prevent future problems, including the return of chronic conditions that may exist.
Another statement often heard is that “once you go to a Chiropractor you will have to go for life.” The same thing could be said for the Optometrist, Dentist, or even an MD who tells patients to come back and schedule more appointments. Every part of the body has required maintenance. Your teeth require care every six months or less depending on their health. Your eyes require a minimum of one year or less, and your spine is no different. Dr. J and Dr. T utilize Chiropractic care on a once per week maintenance program so that their spines, nerves, muscles and bodies remain healthy.
If you have been nervous to try Chiropractic, and have questions or concerns, please contact us. We would be pleased to help answer your questions!
Dr. Jeremiah Tibbitts