What is spinal manipulation?
When any of the spinal joints are misaligned, qualified chiropractors can apply a force to this joint through their hands or tools to correct the alignment. The aim of this is to improve joint mobility and remove any pain the patient is experiencing (2).
What can a chiropractor help with?
Chiropractors can provide treatment for many joint, soft tissue and nerve issues, such as: back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, muscle strains and sprains, and other sports injuries (2).
How many visits do I need?
The amount of sessions you need depends on how long you have been in pain and how long it has been since you last saw a chiropractor. As most issues cannot resolve within one session you may need a follow up visit. Chiropractors treat the cause of the pain, not just the symptoms you are feeling, therefore sometimes we may feel better long before the cause of the problem has been resolved. This is why you might have to return after the pain has gone to ensure your body has healed and the pain won’t return later on (3).
What are the benefits of frequent chiropractor visits?
Regular appointments with your chiropractor help to maintain your overall body health. Check ups allow your chiropractor to detect any issues occurring in your body which you might not have even noticed yet. These issues can be corrected early on so they don’t become painful problems later on (1).
This applies to chiropractors in the same way as it does dentists or other health professionals. It’s better to maintain your teeth (or spine) through regular visits than to have to fix a large problem once it’s already causing you pain.
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(1) Cole Pain Therapy Group. Why does a chiropractor recommend multiple visits? https://colepaintherapygroup.com/chiropractor-recommend-multiple-visits/
(2) Mayo Clinic Staff. 2020. Chiropractic adjustment, Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/chiropractic-adjustment/about/pac-20393513
(3) The Joint Chiropractic. How many chiropractic visits are needed for optimal health? https://www.thejoint.com/california/orange/orange-town-and-country-31002/how-many-chiropractic-visits-are-needed-for-optima#