How often do I need to see a chiropractor? The problem with going to a chiropractor is once you start going, you will need to go forever.
Many people discuss chiropractic care with this attitude. Chiropractic care, much like modern dentistry is a profession geared towards treatment by prevention. Imagine the following statement, “the problem with getting your teeth cleaned, is that the dentist wants you to have them cleaned again in another six months. And if that were not enough, my dentist told me to brush and at least twice a day! On top of that they want me to floss my teeth can you believe it!” Should I go on and tell you what the dentist has to say about sugary snacks and soda?
Chiropractors view health with a preventative model in much the same way as dentists. Ideally, individuals would eat nutritious, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and see our chiropractor for wellness visits every 1-2 months. Chiropractic physicians view health not just as the absence of disease or injury, but living in a state of optimal wellness.
In my practice patients can be divided into two types, the acute care patients and wellness patients. Acute care patients are those who come in with a specific injury or complaint often related to pain or disability. In these cases, I will give a patient a treatment plan of therapy designed to address that specific issue. As the patient progresses through the plan, the patient and I will regularly discuss what is working, what is not and make adjustments to the therapy as necessary. At the beginning of a plan, therapy will occur regularly with a set plan to reduce in frequency or duration over time. After a patient is dismissed from acute care many stay in care for wellness care.
A wellness patient may come to my office every 1 to 2 months for a wellness visit. They often tell me that they look forward to their wellness visits as an opportunity to discuss health care issues. At this time we will also discuss lifestyle issues and how these contribute to or detract from an individuals overall wellness. Some wellness patients schedule their appointments well in advance and some wake up one morning and decide that they really need to see me that day. As a chiropractor, I see this as a sign that a patient is in tune with their bodies and can sense an issue before it becomes a problem.
Will I expect you to do things outside the office? Of course. Chiropractic care is not a “lets see what the doctor says” kind of relationship. It is your body and your health. You are in charge of your health care. I like to support my patients by prescribing appropriate therapies for their health issue. Therapies may consist of adjustment, patient specific exercises, ergonomics, food, supplements, or homeopathic medications.
You know the difference between your body feeling just okay and the feeling of wellness accompanied by good health and energy. Often people look at kids and say if only I had that energy. You can, maybe not as much as a child but much more than that tired, I just want to get through the day feeling you may have now. It begins with the first step of being proactive and deciding to improve your current health to achieve optimal wellness!