How Often Should You Go To The Chiropractor
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This is one of the most common questions I am asked in practice. The answer, as you can imagine, is quite complicated. Every patient is different in their history, activities, hobbies, profession, and level of activities. Some patients look at Chiropractic like their dentist and come in once a year for a yearly tune up, others come in far more frequently due to involvement in sports or because their profession is physically hard on the body.

My best answer to this question is “as often as you feel is necessary to maintain your level of functionality to enjoy the activities you like to do.” Now, this answer is not a generic answer, as I actually give this advice. If a patient feels the need to come in monthly or every couple months to maintain their pain free enjoyment of their hobbies or sporting activities, or a physical job, then that is the correct frequency for them. Other patients choose to come in every week or every two weeks for overall health benefits and to maintain good range of motion and to prevent degenerative conditions over time.

To really understand how often YOU should go to the Chiropractor you need to assess what your short term and long term goals are for your health and for your body. Then compare that to the benefits of what Chiropractic can do. An example of this would be, “I want to have good knees for the rest of my life and not have to get a knee replacement like my mom or dad at 50.” Ok, perfect. A long term goal has been identified. Now how to implement a plan to achieve that goal. Chiropractic is much more than just keeping your spine in line. We treat every joint in the body. When talking about knees for example, degenerative or arthritis occurs when the knee joint has improper weight distribution causing one area of the knee to wear out faster than the other, once this reaches it’s most extreme “bone on bone” per say, then nothing can be done to come back from that. So the goal is to maintain proper alignment and strength of the joint starting at a young age and ensure that proper alignment is maintained throughout the life of the patient. In most cases this is achieved very simply by first analyzing the position of the knees, the patients foot biomechanics, and the patients pelvic alignment and stability. Once we have found and corrected any misalignments, then we give the patient very simple exercises to maintain that alignment and proper biomechanics. Then we could check in on the knees with an xray every couple years. This is just ONE example of hundreds of long term goals you could set for yourself and we could help you achieve. The same could be said for the spine or the hips or the shoulders. An example of a short term goal could be, “I want to get rid of this carpal tunnel once and for all, without having to do surgery.” In the words of a genie, POOF, done. We are exceptional at treating things like carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, runners knee, rotator cuff injuries. These are all examples of short term goals you could set for yourself. Then the long term goal of making sure those issues do not come back, and that is accomplished through strength and stability and checking in on the issue from time to time. In most cases as long as your exercises are maintained these are things you could check in on yearly.

Ok, back to the question. How often should you go to the Chiropractor? For patients that are relatively fit and do not have daily aches and pains I recommend once every three months to maintain good alignment of spine and body, and to keep tabs on how things look and feel. This is a good frequency to make sure we catch anything that could pop up over time; spinal misalignments, pelvic misalignments, major gait abnormalities. For patients who have physical jobs or do a lot of sporting activities where injuries are more likely then I would recommend once a month for increased functionality in those situations and to decrease your chance for injury. At a bare minimum I would recommend everyone see their Chiropractor once a year. To accomplish this we give every patient we have ever seen a FREE adjustment every year during their birthday month. If you are reading this email and haven’t gotten a text or email from us about your FREE birthday adjustment, then just give us a call or drop me an email and we’ll get that on the books for you 🙂

I hope this helps to clear up the topic of “How Often Should You Go To The Chiropractor…”

Stay Healthy My Friends,

Dr. Hall & Staff

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