When you are just starting a new treatment plan, it is common for adjustments to be made several times a week. As your body begins to heal, that number may drop to just once a week. And if you’re pain-free and simply want to maintain your lifestyle, you may only need to make an adjustment once or twice a month. For maximum benefit, most types of injuries and pain require between four and twelve sessions.
Ongoing maintenance is applied to prevent pain from recurring and to prevent additional injuries from forming due to a malposition of the spine. Rehabilitation visits, such as those recovering from a recent injury or accident, may take place several times a month. People with chronic pain may only need to visit once or twice a month or when the pain flares up. In maintenance care, however, patients are usually required to follow a long-term care plan.
This means that patients receive regular chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, stretching, and exercise, even if their symptoms have subsided. The interval between visits can be as short as a week to a month. The treatment you’ve received is largely based on the chiropractor’s findings. For example, the chiropractor may decide that you have some joint limitations and perform chiropractic adjustment.
Maybe they think you have “tight muscles” and use soft tissue techniques to “untie” them. Maintenance care is also known as wellness care. Because you’re still in custody even though you’re okay. One of the most common misconceptions about chiropractic care that leads to frustration is that it is “meant to heal someone in the same way” that an antibiotic course frees you from an infection.
If you’ve postponed chiropractic care because you’ve felt better after a few sessions, it’s important that you take time to see your chiropractor before the pain returns. Both highly active people and people who have to sit at a desk for many hours can benefit from chiropractic treatment before the actual pain occurs. A larger, higher quality paper (328 patients) published just this year found that patients who underwent chiropractic maintenance treatment had 13 days less bothersome back pain than in the control group. Preventive chiropractic care can help fix this before you lose three days of work, as you won’t be able to sit at your desk without severe back pain.
They may also refer you to a specialist to rule out other underlying causes that chiropractic cannot treat. Your chiropractor may advise you to wait until you are healed or the inflammation has resolved before attempting chiropractic treatment. Aside from requiring additional sessions for maintenance, one of the main reasons people often need multiple sessions in advance is that they don’t get chiropractic treatment until they’re symptomatic, meaning they’re already in pain. While a chiropractor is an important part of your healthcare team, there are situations that aren’t meant for chiropractic care.
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