The question of how many visits a patient would “need” for chiropractic care to help them is a common but complicated one. The better question is, what is your goal with chiropractic care? Are you simply looking to get out of pain? Are you trying to ease the physical stress of your job? Are you trying to improve your posture? Or are you trying to help optimize your movement and functional stability, so you have less chance of hurting yourself in the future?
Relief care is where most people start. Pain sparks the search for relief and a chiropractic office – you often quickly recover from the painful symptoms, but haven’t yet had time to address the real reason for why you’re hurting. Relief care is effective for making a patient feel better, but is often still inviting the same injury to reoccur. The best analysis of your movement and function is when you are no longer guarding your movements because of the pain. Figuring out where your movements are limited or where there is a muscle imbalance, helps to piece together the puzzle of why you may be prone to certain injuries… Which leads us to the next type of care.
Corrective Care is the fun part. Once we are able to get you out of pain and moving a bit better, we can really dive in to figure out exactly how your body is moving, why the problem happened in the first place, and how we can prevent it from happening again. This phase of care takes a bit longer than relief care, as we are improving your body’s movement and imbalances, while also giving you exercises to remove any weaknesses. Improving your imbalances and stability helps to give you longer lasting relief and makes everyday movements easier with less feeling of ‘tightness’.
Maintenance Care is similar to preventative care. Here, the plan is to figure out what kind of daily stresses you have and how they affect your body. Your care will then focus on removing that physical stress to your body so that you can continue to work or play without pain, stiffness, or as high of a chance of hurting yourself. This type of care is recommended at regular intervals ranging from every few weeks to every few months, depending on the level of stress your life has, as well as how good of job you do of helping it on your own. Regular chiropractic care helps maintain your progress and avoid a relapse. This type of care also allows your chiropractor to catch new problems early on, while they are still quick and easy to fix.
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