Once I Start Chiropractic Care do I Have to go for the Rest of my Life?

What does broccoli, exercise, and chiropractic care have in common?  All three are very beneficial for your health and when used regularly are part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

What do these three things have in common?  Sure they're all part of a healthy lifestyle but they're also an individual's choice!
What do these three things have in common? Sure they’re all part of a healthy lifestyle but they’re also an individual’s choice!

The bigger picture however, is that all three of these things- eating broccoli and other greens regularly, exercising on a regular basis, and regular chiropractic care are all an individual’s choice!

A misconception exists that “Once you go to a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life in order for it to work”.  A more correct statement would be: “Chiropractic has a greater benefit when used regularly over a lifetime”.  This is similar to regular dental checkups, regular exercise, or eating vegetables regularly for example.

In other words, it would be silly to exercise or eat healthy for 5 weeks, stop completely and expect to be healthy for the rest of your life.  In the same way, participating in 5 weeks of chiropractic care and then stopping completely does not achieve a lifetime of spinal health.

Why?

Even though after 5 weeks or several visits to the chiropractor one may be feeling much better, the stresses of everyday life acting on the spine eventually accumulate and require attention.  Often this damage can build up without even noticing it or feeling symptoms.  This is where regular spinal maintenance comes in.

So how much maintenance is enough?

More care is typically required for those who have poor health and lifestyle habits, while those with good habits are typically more resilient.
More care is typically required for those who have poor health and lifestyle habits, while those with good habits are typically more resilient and require less care.

I typically recommend no less than one visit per month to maintain a freely-moving spine and freely flowing nerve system in healthy individuals.  Those who eat poorly, exercise less, have more severe past injuries, and have higher levels of stress and anxiety typically require more care.  Again, this is because chiropractic is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle, but is not the only piece of the puzzle.  If someone feels terrible after stopping chiropractic care after a period of time, it may be that they have become used to feeling ‘normal’ and that chiropractic care was keeping them that way despite sub-par lifestyle choices.

Is there a missing piece in the puzzle of your health or the health of someone you love?

This article is also available at ‘All Things Healing’ at the following link: http://www.allthingshealing.com/Chiropractic/Once-I-Start-Chiropractic-Care-do-I-Have-to-go-for-the-Rest-of-my-Life/13897#.UTULr1fheSp

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