If You Go to the Chiropractor Once, Do You Have to Keep Going Back?
If you go to the chiropractor once, you'll have to go back for the rest of your life.
This is one of the biggest myths surrounding chiropractic care. Unfortunately, this falsehood prevents many patients from seeking the care they need.
Understanding Chiropractic Care in the Context of Medical Care
Say you go to see your general practitioner, and they diagnose you with an infection – they prescribe a course of antibiotics. As you likely already know, you should finish the full course of antibiotics for the medicine to work. You can't just take one pill and expect to be cured.
Chiropractic care is similar in this respect. It usually requires more than one “pill” – and that's why confusion arises.
Say you go to see a chiropractor for lower back pain. After a thorough in-person exam, they conclude that your back pain is due to spinal misalignment. To fix this, the chiropractor might suggest a series of chiropractic adjustments over eight weeks.
Adjustments consist of short, controlled applications of force to targeted areas of the spine. The chiropractor can encourage spinal realignment with regular appointments, alleviating tension on the nerves, muscles, and soft tissues in your back – and healing your pain.
Look at each one of these appointments as a single antibiotic pill. Just like you won't be taking antibiotics forever, you won't be seeing a chiropractor forever.
Reasons to See a Chiropractor
Chiropractors treat various conditions, including herniated discs, whiplash, and sports injuries like sprains. Chiropractic care is even proven to heal non-spine-specific issues, like tension-type headaches and migraines.
There's no need to worry that you'll be "stuck" going to a chiropractor for life if you see a professional for such issues. You will receive a clearly defined care plan upfront, ensuring you know what to expect in terms of treatment type and time.
Chiropractic Treatment in Saint Clair, Michigan
If you are interested in chiropractic treatment, consider a visit to Marshall Family Chiropractic. We offer cutting-edge chiropractic care in a comfortable environment. Dr. Eric Marshall, D.C., is a licensed chiropractor and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about treatments.
Call us at (810) 329-6100 to request your appointment.