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Why Your Weekly Quick Chiropractic Adjustment Doesn't Always Keep the Pain Away

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Hey everyone! I'm back at it!! I felt this subject should be touched on next because it's super important.

There are a lot of people who do love going to get a quick adjustment once a week - and that's okay! This is for those of you that are investing in this with your precious time + money and are not seeing the results you want + need.

Chiropractic care has gained popularity as a non-invasive and drug-free approach to managing pain and promoting overall well-being. Many people turn to chiropractors seeking relief from various discomforts, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractic adjustments, often referred to as spinal manipulations, are a fundamental component of chiropractic treatment. However, it's important to understand that while a quick chiropractic adjustment can provide immediate relief, it doesn't always guarantee a long-term solution to your pain.

1. Temporary Relief

Chiropractic adjustments can be highly effective at providing immediate relief from pain. This is our bread + butter. When a chiropractor applies a controlled force to specific joints or areas of the spine, it can release built-up tension, reduce inflammation, and improve blood flow, temporarily alleviating discomfort. Patients often report feeling better right after an adjustment, and this sensation can last for hours or even days. However, this relief is typically short-lived, as the underlying issues causing the pain may not be fully addressed.

2. Underlying Causes

A quick chiropractic adjustment may provide temporary symptomatic relief, but it doesn't always address the root causes of your pain. Pain is often the result of various factors, including muscle imbalances, poor posture, lifestyle choices, and even emotional stress. Chiropractic care is most effective when combined with other treatments that target these underlying issues.

Seeing a chiropractor that can effectively incorporate movement screens and muscle testing to figure out what muscles are problematic and how they may be contributing to your problem - or affecting another part of your body - is essential in healing your issue and keeping the pain away.

3. Follow-Up Care

For some patients, the relief provided by a single chiropractic adjustment may be sufficient, and that's all that they want to invest their time + money in to. However, those with complex chronic conditions or those experiencing severe pain often require more in-depth approaches with a series of follow-up visits.

Once you are back to full health and pain-free, maintenance care is an important part of your overall health + wellness. I typically recommend once a month visits for maintenance, but this can be a little sooner or a little longer depending on what your body needs. Skipping follow-up appointments / maintenance care, or failing to implement recommended self-care strategies can hinder your progress and/or result in your pain/injury returning.

4. Lifestyle Factors

Your daily habits and lifestyle choices play a significant role in maintaining your overall health and well-being. If you continue engaging in activities or behaviors that contribute to your pain, no amount of chiropractic adjustments will offer a permanent solution.

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Chiropractors often advise patients on making positive changes in their lifestyle, such as maintaining a healthy diet, staying active, and managing stress. Failing to address these factors can make it challenging to achieve long-term relief. I can guide you on these lifestyle factors and come up with a plan for you that is sustainable and achievable!

While a quick chiropractic adjustment can offer immediate relief, it's essential to understand that it might not keep the pain away for good. To achieve long-term relief and address the underlying causes of your pain, a more comprehensive approach is often necessary. This approach includes muscle testing

It's crucial for me to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and leads to lasting pain relief. Chiropractic care can be a valuable tool in your journey toward a pain-free life, but it's not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Stay tuned for more chiropractic information and health + wellness tips!

- Dr. Sarah

Live Courageously 🦁


If you would like to book an appointment with me text or call (386) 227-6151.

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