Perhaps one of the most frequent questions we get asked is “how often should I get a chiropractic adjustment?” And while this is a very good question, the answer is not that easy . It’s like asking, “How many times do I have to workout at the gym?” or, “How many times do I have to eat my vegetables?” The fact is, you don’t have to do any of these things at all. However, if you’re trying to get results like getting stronger, you’ll need to consistently work out, or if you’re trying to eat a healthy diet, you’ll need to keep eating your vegetables. This is the same as if you’re trying to stay pain-free and proactive about injury, you’ll want a steady regime of chiropractic adjustment.
You should also consider what you want to achieve by seeing a chiropractor. Many of our patients have come to us after going somewhere and getting a “quick fix” adjustment. This is called “symptomatic” relief, which is usually temporary, because the root problem is not addressed. Often times this is not mentioned to the individual and although most will be doing significantly better afterwards, they find out later that their pain has returned because the “quick fix” didn’t address the root cause.
What you should expect in chiropractic adjustment
There is really no way to slap a one-size-fits-all approach to chiropractic adjustment. However, in our experience, we have seen some commonalities in treatment that will give you an idea of what to expect. For example, in our office for symptomatic care, a patient is generally seen anywhere from 3-5 times per week for 1-2 weeks. When symptoms get under control, but still need to get to the root problem, a patient is generally seen 2-3 times per week for an additional 4-12 weeks. Then in order to maintain, prevent, or be proactive, patients do well with a chiropractic adjustment anywhere from 1-4 times per month.
With so many variables to consider with each and every unique patient, like severity of injury and stage of treatment, how often a person should get a chiropractic adjustment varies quite a bit. Therefore, in our clinic we do not create a generic treatment model, instead each patient is provided with a customized treatment plan to get them to that “maintenance” or “preventative” type of care as soon possible. Our approach to adjustment helps to get to the root cause of the problem and provides our patients longer lasting results.
One final note, it’s always wise to find a clinic that utilizes a more comprehensive approach, as this will usually transition a patient from “symptomatic” care to “preventative” or “maintenance” care sooner.