Once You Start Going to The Chiropractor, Do You Need to Continue Going?

That is one of the most common concerns that I hear from people of all ages. Is it true? The answer is yes, and no. It really depends on you. I realize that most people utilize healthcare in a symptomatic way. When they have a headache, they take something to feel better. When they have swelling, they take something to reduce the swelling. Muscle spasms? Take a muscle relaxer. This is typical modern-day healthcare, but it has nothing to do with healthcare at all. This approach would be better-called symptom care because the focus is on treating the symptoms, not the cause of those symptoms.

Healthcare vs Symptom Care

Chiropractic, on the other hand, is different. Chiropractic is concerned about your symptoms, but its focus is on why the body is not functioning the way it should, which in turn is causing the symptoms. Why are you suffering from migraines? Why do you have swelling? Why are your muscles in spasm? Many of the common issues that people deal with on a regular basis find their origin in the spine.

Structure Determines Function

As an engineer (yes, I was an engineer), I am concerned about how structure affects function. You use a spoon to eat your soup, not a fork. You cut your chicken with a knife, not a spoon. Structure determines function. Your spine requires a certain structure in order to function properly, and when you lose that structure, you lose function as well. This may lead to symptoms, but the underlying issue is a loss of structure and function, not the symptom.

This brings me around to the original question I asked. Once you start going to the chiropractor, do you need to continue going? The answer is no, you do not NEED to keep going. If you want just enough chiropractic care to get you over your symptom, then you can stop at that point. However, if you want to improve the structure and function of your spine and nervous system, then you may want to consider sticking around a little longer. The choice is yours, and I give that choice to all of my patients.

Addressing the Underlying Condition

Typically, when you have just enough chiropractic care to get you feeling better, and then discontinue because you have reached your goal of feeling better, it is only a matter of time before you end up back where you started. This is precisely because you did not do enough to change the structure and function of your spine and nervous system to make a lasting change. We typically see people go through cycles of symptoms when they do not adequately address the underlying condition.

On the other hand, those who allow for the time needed to improve the structure and function of their spine and nervous system realize the benefits of not only reduced symptoms but also better function throughout their entire body. People experience better digestion, better breathing, better hormonal balance, better energy, better sleep, and see an overall improvement in their health.

So, the choice is always yours. You decide how much benefit you want from your chiropractic care, and you stay as long as you decide to stay under care.

If you desire to be in front of future health issues and are looking for a Chiropractor in Greenville, SC, we invite you to contact us to learn how chiropractic care can help you now, and in the future.

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1 month ago

I love this blog. My spine was so messed up it took years of intensive care to get me “straightened out”, but I’ve been at a maintenance level now for quite a while and truly know what it’s like to enjoy a better functioning body due to the chiropractic care. I just moved and literally went up & down stairs well over 300 times carrying boxes and all kinds of things, and at 43 years old I held up better than I used to when I was 30.

John White
John White
1 month ago

Thank you, Dr. G., for this straightforward description. Chiropractic care has been the centerpiece of my personal health care program for many years, supplemented with healthy nutritional changes, a “weaning” from prescription drugs, more sunshine and more fresh air. I still need to increase my physical activity! Next month, I’ll be 69 and all my joints (originals, not replacements!) work and I’ve not been “out” sick for several years. Occasionally, I feel symptoms, but they are gone very quickly. Thank you, again!

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