This is a great topic to discuss because this is one of the most miss understood concepts when it comes to chiropractic care. If you don’t understand how chiropractic care works then it will make it real hard for the community to understand what a chiropractor does and how long it last.
In this short article I wanted to go over a few points to hopefully clear up some confusion that people have about chiropractic care. The question that we will be discussing today is how long does chiropractic care last?
When it comes to chiropractic care and how long it lasts we have to discuss quickly how the body heals. This will help to clear up part of the answer to the above question. When it comes to our bodies and health, it tends to fall into 2 categories, acute and chronic injuries. These two will be the determining factor in how long the positive effects of chiropractic care last.
1. Acute Injury. Let’s say for instance, a teenager with a very healthy spine however in a sports game takes a big hit and has a few mis-alignments in the spine that cause neck or back pain etc… If that person gets evaluated and cared for in the first day or two, then the results of the care should last until the patient injures themselves again because the body was cared for as soon as possible and didn’t allow the problem to set into the body. It's similar to brushing your teeth to remove the negative effects of sugar etc...But if you wait for that to turn into a cavity, it will be real hard to brush that away.
2. Chronic Problems. Now let’s take into account a person with a chronic problem. Let’s say they got into a car accident 10 years ago, got a whiplash injury in their neck. They rested, iced it and it slowly felt better but the mis-alignments in the neck were never located or corrected by a chiropractor. That injury will have laid down scar tissue and problems in the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the spine. That tissue will now be weaker and less elastic leading the person to be much more prone to flare ups or worsening of the condition. This type of patient will need ongoing care because those tissues will never get back to 100% like before the injury. The goal for this person is to promote as much healing as possible to limit the occurrence of future flare ups and worsening of the condition.
3. Lifestyle Stress. The third part that will play a role in how long will chiropractic care last, is the amount of stress in your lifestyle. The less stress, the less care and vice versa. Let’s say you just got adjusted and feel great, but you play tackle football 5 days a week. Well because you are having stress on your spine much more severely and frequently, the likelihood of you needing ongoing care is much higher because of that lifestyle stress. You may also be a person that has a job that requires you to sit at a desk and stare down at a computer for 8 hours which is a micro stress to your spine and posture. Over time the stress needs to be removed or else that person will develop a chronic problem.
The goal of a chiropractor is to get you and your spine and nerve system to as healthy as possible. Then depending on your lifestyle stress that will determine how much care you will need to help remove and not allow any negative stress to overtake your health. The more proactive you get and the more you try to negate those stresses, the better chance you will have to not have to seek as much care for a problem that someone else who has a very stressful lifestyle may need. It’s just like working out. If you are at your ideal weight and eat healthy, you won’t have to work out nearly as much as if you eat cheeseburgers every day, that person will have to work out a lot more just to try to erase the negative effects of a cheeseburger a day.
At our chiropractic clinic our goal is to help you get back to your 100% and help keep you there. Some of our patients like to see us every week to keep their spine healthy and some people only need to see us once every couple months. It really comes down to your health history and lifestyle stress. For a great Woodbury chiropractor, feel free to call us at (651)731-9743. You may also reach us on the web at www.chiropractorswoodbury.com.