This is a question often asked by patients who have never been to a chiropractor before OR those who've been before but felt like they had been made to come for care longer than they expected. Why should we continue to see the chiropractor when we start to feel fine again?
When patients come to the chiropractor with back or neck pain…or whatever ails them…chances are the symptoms have been there for awhile. And, more than likely the problem has actually been there for even longer! Symptoms are the last thing to show up but the first thing to go away. For this reason, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that all is back to normal when the reality is that it takes the soft tissue (such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles) much longer to heal.
Patients generally place a lot of emphasis on symptoms but symptoms are not the best indication of true health. There are many cases throughout history where someone has been symptom-free for years and was then diagnosed with cancer or suffered a stroke or heart attack. Many of these folks even DIE from these conditions despite "feeling fine" for weeks, months or even years beforehand!
The truth about how long it will take to get well once you start with a chiropractor depends upon many factors. These factors include the length of time before seeking help, health history (including the number and severity of injuries), the age of the patient (after age 25 we heal more slowly) and, the ability (or willingness) of the patient to comply with the chiropractor's recommendations for proper rest, strengthening exercises or adaptations to regular daily activities such as doing ice at home & restricting certain activities.
Are you ready to feel better and function at higher level than you've ever done before? If so, try chiropractic! Patients who choose chiropractic care most often do reap the benefits of feeling better than they have ever felt before in their lives! We hope that you will have the opportunity to enjoy this same experience. Remember, when your spine is in line, you will feel fine.
If you are still worried about how long it will take just remember it will take even longer if you never take the first step. And, once you make that decision and get started on your journey to optimal health, how long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you. If you choose to stop once the symptoms have gone away then, that is your choice. Here's a hint before you start… patients who do this tend to re-injure themselves more often and each time a problem re-occurs it takes longer to heal. Once you are on the road to optimal health consider maintenance. To avoid this outcome, patients may choose to engage in maintenance visits which are regularly scheduled visits-generally 1 to 4 months apart-even in the absence of pain. Regular periodic checkups which prevent those small changes from getting big again!
Do you take better care of your car than you do your spine? If so, you are not alone. If you have learned nothing else from this excerpt, remember that your spine protects your nerves which run everything in your body, with the help of your brain, of course. [Remember, when your spine is in line, you will feel fine J ] (remove either of the references)
Consider chiropractic care today. Both you and your loved ones deserve it! [CONSIDER CHIROPRACTIC CARE TODAY… FOR YOURSELF AND, YOUR FAMILY…YOU DESERVE IT!]