There are a couple of different types of chiropractic care, in general. These are acute or corrective and maintenance care. Chiropractic maintenance care is continued care to ensure that the patient’s spine is being supported by regular adjustments. This phase of care will start when a prescribed patients acute or corrective care has ended. In our day-to-day life, we put strain on different areas of our spine.
If we have just come through the acute or corrective care phase, then it makes sense for continued maintenance care to:
- Monitor the health and condition of the spine
- Address minor misalignment’s before they become major issues
- Save money/time/pain in the long-run by keeping your spine in optimum health
How often should you see a Chiropractor?
This answer largely depends on your condition and the advice of your chiropractor. For minor issues, it is generally recommended that you see your chiropractor once a month or every other week. Your chiropractors goal is the stabilization of your long-term health, not just a ‘quick fix.’
Your visits will also depend on the underlying factors that are stressing your body, your symptoms and how long the symptoms have been present. This is an individualized determination to make. You can rely on your chiropractor to know what is best for you. One of the strengths of chiropractic is the focus on you as the individual and custom plans of treatment. In chiropractic, one size does not fit all.
Other benefits of Chiropractic Adjustment
Chiropractic care can help reduce pain—this has been shown to be true. If you have neck pain, headaches, ear infections, or headaches, maintenance care could be the perfect alternative to pain medication.
Chiropractic is also a low-risk form of treatment. There are no invasive procedures or anesthesia involved.
If you suffer from joint problems or even have a replaced joint, this type of care is perfect for you. Muscles and ligaments become tight around joints and chiropractic adjustment of problem areas enables the joint to move better and relieves discomfort. Maintenance therapy may also prevent further deterioration of some spinal conditions.
Chiropractic spinal adjustments also create functional changes in many regions of your brain. This is based upon scientific evidence, where multiple outcome measures are measurable and reproducible. These are some of the areas of the brain affected by chiropractic adjustments: emotions, motivation, memory, motor control, cognitive function, touch, temperature and pain.