As with any type of treatment this will vary, depending on the specifics of the individual case. In acute cases you may need treatment 2-3 times per week for a few weeks with the frequency of visits decreasing as improvement occurs. Many patient’s conditions are of the chronic nature and did not occur overnight. Thus, they cannot always be entirely corrected overnight. Retraining muscles and ligaments that support the spine takes time. Each visit builds upon the ones before. Also, the choices you make outside of the office will affect how fast you recover as well. If you are taking care of yourself and getting proper nutrition you will reap the benefits. If you continue to do the same things that caused your pain to begin with then you will notice a slower recovery. Remember, your body is doing the healing, not the chiropractor! Ask me about or Spinal Hygiene at home exercise kit!
Chiropractic adjustments are not addictive. Many people feel a sense of ease and well-being after being adjusted and realize that is what “normal” should feel like as opposed to being in pain all the time. Once people experience this feeling they often adopt some type of ongoing treatment schedule so they continue to feel that way all the time. For some people that’s once a week, or once a month or on an as needed basis.
That depends on what your goals are. If your only goal is to eliminate an acute pain, such as neck pain or back sprain or headache, then the answer is “no”. You can use chiropractic as a painkiller. It provides very effective pain relief without side effects. However, this is an inefficient use of chiropractic and only scratches the surface of its potential benefit. Many people begin chiropractic care this way, but soon begin to realize the benefits of regular adjustments. If your goal is to have optimum lifelong health then the answer is “yes”. Most people choose to see their dentist and optometrist forever because they are aware of the benefits of maintaining good oral and eye health. Although the spine is not visible like your teeth or eyes, more people are realizing that proper spinal health can help keep you well and prevent future problems. When the spine is in proper alignment it allows your brain and body to communicate with each other without interference. This allows your body to function at its best and gives you the best chance of a healthy future.
The fact is, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
You don’t need a referral or permission from anyone to see a chiropractor.
However, if you have an open worker’s compensation case be sure to ask if there is a specific panel of doctors you are required to see. If a specific chiropractor is on that list then you must see that chiropractor for the first 90 days. After 90 days you are free to go to any chiropractor for treatment. If a chiropractor is not listed on the panel or if your company does not have a panel of doctors at all then you are free to go to any chiropractor you want. If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
It is not possible to give yourself an adjustment. It is possible to bend and twist so that you get your joints to “pop” but that isn’t the same thing that a chiropractor does when you come in for treatment. It is also counterproductive because you are causing the already “mobile” joints to move more which can cause an instability in that joint, and in turn, cause the already “stuck” joints to tighten up more as compensation. When a chiropractor gives you an adjustment they are using years of training to identify the joints that are not moving properly. They apply a specific force to that joint in a specific direction.
Even a chiropractor cannot adjust themselves and must see another Doctor of Chiropractic to get treatment.
The “popping” sound that you hear is simply gas being released from the joint which helps to relieve pressure in the joint. Although it is common to hear a “popping” noise while getting adjusted, it isn’t the noise that dictates whether an adjustment was successful or not. Sometimes the “popping” sound doesn’t occur but the joint was still successfully adjusted.