You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we dive into that topic in this article I want you to think about how many times you’ve visited a dentist. Like most people, you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, you want to prevent your teeth from rotting out of your head. So, do you have to see a chiropractor forever? Let’s find out…
Once chiropractic care eliminates your pain and rehabilitates the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and many other medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.
So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, and minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness. That being said, just like your dentist, we have patients that are told to keep regular with check-ups, but don’t. That’s okay. Some people need to learn the hard way, that waiting 3 years to go to the dentist is a BAD idea.
Our goal is to provide wellness care to all of our patients. In fact, our office specializes in pregnancy and pediatric care. Many of our patients are choosing to get their kids checked early in life, not only to prevent future problems, but also to enhance their immunity and provide superior function with their sports programs. Imagine if your parents had taken you to keep your body tuned up all your life, rather than waiting until symptoms developed after years of neglect?
We also want to meet patients’ goals as well. If a patient simply wants to get out of pain, even though we suggest correcting the problem, we ultimately serve the patients goal first, but in the end, most people see that correcting the problem and maintaining its health for prevention and optimal function is best.
One Last Example
I like to use the example of taking your car to the mechanic when your AC/Heating system breaks. The mechanic usually gives you the option, “Well, we can patch it up for $X, which may last you a year, or we can get a new one for $Y.” For anyone who has ever had this experience you know what I mean. And yes, even I have had to learn the hard way :)
Have you ever had some say to you that you have to see a chiropractor forever? Leave your comments below!