Do You Have to See the Chiropractor Forever?
One worry that many patients have before setting foot into a chiropractor’s office is that they’ll be stuck going forever if they start treatment. There is a myth circulating that once you’ve gotten a chiropractic treatment, you always have to do so, or your health will suffer. The truth is that you won’t have to see a chiropractor forever, but you may want to once you see the benefits that can come from regular chiropractic treatment. So let’s dive deeper into this topic.
Stages of Chiropractic Care For Pain
Often, the key reason a person seeks out chiropractic care in the first place is that they are experiencing aches and pains. In this initial stage, the person is looking for pain care relief. Once they’ve passed this initial stage, you’ll move on to stabilize the effect of the treatment. With stabilization care, you’ll be working to strengthen your body through adjustments and exercises to prevent the pain from returning. Finally, the last stage of chiropractic care is to continue seeing a chiropractor for better overall health and wellness rather than to treat any particular condition.
Real Doctor or Not?
Along with the myth that you’ll have to see a chiropractor forever is the myth that chiropractors aren’t real doctors. That’s not the case at all. Did you know that chiropractic schools and medical schools have courses that are almost completely identical? In addition, chiropractic schools require more classroom hours than medical school. They also have to complete a residency just like a medical doctor and take state and national board exams to get their license to practice.
Length of Treatment
As with any medical treatment, there is no easy answer regarding the length of treatment for patients. Some people may get better after only seeing a chiropractor for a few months and stop going because they’ve gotten to the point where the reason why they started going has been resolved. Others may find that their treatment takes longer to get to the point where they are pain-free and want to continue coming after their specific pain treatment is completed.
Another variable when it comes to the length of treatment is you. Your age, health condition, and willingness to participate can impact how long you need to be treated. Participation can be crucial. If you’re not willing to do the stretches and exercises at home that are recommended or do things that you’re not supposed to, you can make your treatment time last longer because you’re not doing what you need to do to heal properly.
The key to remember is that you have a choice when it comes to your treatment. You have a say in your treatments and whether or not you want to continue with them.
Ready to learn more about seeing a chiropractor? Contact our office today to learn more about what we offer and how we can help. We can set up a new patient consultation to discuss your treatment options and your expected length of treatment to help put any fears you may have about being chained to seeing a chiropractor forever.