Once I go to the chiropractor do I have to continue going for the rest of my life?
No. Although it’s beneficial to have periodic manipulations, it’s not necessary if you follow a proper strengthening and stretching program.
The frequency of chiropractic visits is often based on the patient and the condition. Typically during the time a patient is undergoing treatment, a noticeable improvement results.
Once treatment ends, patients should continue with the home stretching and strengthening exercises to maintain the improved motion. As with any physician-guided treatment, if a patient stops the home program, they may notice a need to return for treatment.
How long will it take to get better?
The duration of the treatment is based on your condition, duration of symptoms, and compliance with a home program. For example, a nerve condition usually takes longer to improve than a muscle injury.
Factors such as degenerative arthritis and skeletal variance can slow progress. You will likely get better faster if you begin treatment within the first week of your injury.
Does the treatment hurt?
After the first visit, it is common for some individuals to have additional soreness and pain and others to feel immediate relief.
Typically, the additional soreness is only present after the initial visit or if a different structure is addressed for the first time in the course of treatment. Your chiropractor will make you aware of when to expect additional soreness following your treatment.
Because tender, injured areas are being treated, you may have mild discomfort during treatment. You are encouraged to let your doctor know so that modifications can be made. Working within a comfortable pain level is important in making adequate progress.
Once I feel better, do I need to continue with any home exercise program?
Home exercise programs help maintain the motion and flexibility achieved during your treatment. You are encouraged to continue your individualized stretching and strengthening program to decrease the likelihood of reinjury.
At treatment, do I have to “get cracked”?
The form of manipulation that is often associated with chiropractors and “getting cracked” is called Diversified.
Other techniques can be performed that don’t involve an audible release. It is necessary to work within your comfort level with techniques that are gentle that still allow you to make significant progress.
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