One of the most frequent questions about chiropractic care is “If you really fixed what’s ailing me, why do I have to keep coming back?” It’s a great question.
Once the pain that brought you in is addressed, life goes on. A chiropractic maintenance program addresses the day-to-day conditions that caused your pain in the early stages, many times before you experience discomfort, and maintain the repair.
Simply put, daily wear and tear takes its toll on cars, homes, and even our bodies. Regular maintenance is what allows cars to run 250,000 miles, homes to stand for hundreds of years, and bodies to stay in optimal condition.
Here are some of the causes of daily wear and tear on the body:
1 – Regular Chiropractic Appointments Address the Unavoidable Causes of the Injury
Most of the conditions we treat at Sportscare have rather mundane stories behind them. The cases of being launched from horses, losing control of a mountain bike, and playing one-on-one volleyball with a pro are few and far between. Most of our cases we address are headaches, neck pain, back pain, wrist pain caused by poor posture and eight-hour sessions of desk jockey duties, mobile device use, and gaming. Since you can’t stop working, you have to address these everyday conditions that pull your spine and other joints out of alignment.
In addition to regularly scheduled chiropractic treatments, we recommend daily exercise sessions and taking regular stretch breaks throughout your day to extend the benefits of your treatment.
2 – Regular Chiropractic Appointments Combat Effects of Time
No matter what we do, we can’t stop time. Sure, exercise, healthy eating, maintaining a healthy weight, and other good habits will improve your overall health, but we all age. And with age, our working parts get misaligned and need a little help getting back into place.
3 – Regular Chiropractic Appointments Level the Playing Field
Most people have a strong side and a weak side. The strong side gets a lot of use, whereas the weak side is there to balance us out in pictures. All but one muscle works with an opposing partner, e.g., the bicep has the tricep. The challenge with that is adjustments made to the weak side can be pulled out of alignment by the strong side. Regular maintenance levels the playing field so that the weak side can strengthen, be a better partner, and hold the adjustments longer. Additionally, we may recommend some at home exercises to strengthen the weak side.
The frequency of maintenance appointments depends on the individual and is best discussed between you and your doctor. Some patients require monthly maintenance appointments, while others need to visit more frequently.
In short, regular chiropractic care maintenance appointments combat the daily grind our bodies endure and keeps us in optimal condition.