By Nathan Reynolds: Chiropractor Victoria Point Chiropractic
A commonly asked question by prospective chiropractic patients is: ‘Once I see a chiropractor, do I have to keep seeing a chiropractor?’ They mean, will repeat treatment be required to maintain any results gained. The short answer is yes. That’s like asking: ‘If I go to the gym and get fit do I have to keep going?’ Of course, you do.
Chiropractic treatment can decrease neck, back and joint pain. When patients initially see a chiropractor, their muscles may be in spasm and joints inflamed. A chiropractor’s immediate focus is to reduce or eliminate pain and presenting symptoms. The care required during this acute phase of treatment and thereafter will depend on factors such as age, overall health status, the presence of joint degeneration, lifestyle, and work habits.
Muscle and soft tissue damage often persist after initial pain and other symptoms have subsided. During the subacute phase of treatment, the focus is on rehabilitation and decreasing the risk of reinjury by maintaining increases in mobility and restoring joint function. A chiropractor will also try to help patients manage conditions by looking at their lifestyle, posture, and other life and workplace stressors that can possibly be modified. They may also need to educate patients on how to be more aware of their body and the early signs a problem may be starting.
As we go back to lifestyle and workplace activities after recovering from injury, we could be putting the same forces on the body that caused the injury in the first place. Regular follow up chiropractic treatment will not only assist to keep mobility and flexibility, but will help to prevent future injury or reinjury.
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