Common chiropractic adjustment frequencies can vary greatly depending on the individual needs and general health of each person. To achieve maximum benefits, most types of injuries and pain will require four to twelve sessions. Ongoing maintenance is used to prevent pain from returning and to prevent additional injuries from forming due to spinal misalignment. A good rule of thumb is the rule of the day.
If you have back or neck pain, does it go away in a day? If not, it probably requires an adjustment. Making an adjustment to correct this cause of persistent pain prevents long-term problems and keeps your overall health strong. The frequency of visits to the chiropractor will depend on your specific needs. For some people, weekly sessions will be the most beneficial, while for others bi-monthly consultations will work just as well.
In addition to chiropractic care, other routines should be incorporated to get the most benefit. Keep in mind that more care may be needed if you have severe pain, so your chiropractor may recommend weekly and biweekly visits. Once your condition improves, the frequency may decrease. It's important to remember that chiropractic care is an investment in your health.
Some patients, such as those undergoing cancer treatments, seek chiropractic care to treat intercurrent pain or “exacerbations” of pain. Chiropractic patients move on from the emergency stage when they no longer have symptoms and begin their “restorative” care. If a patient is concerned that they will see their chiropractic doctor too often or too little, they should start a conversation regarding their care schedule.Fortunately, people with these conditions can treat their attacks with chiropractic care appointments. The reason a patient seeks chiropractic care is another determining factor in the number and frequency of their appointments.
New patients will first be evaluated by a chiropractic doctor to determine an appropriate care program for their condition or injury.