We asked our Chiropractor in central London, Dr. Anika to answer to the question “how often should you go to the chiropractor”. She replied: there is no straight forward answer.
Every patient, condition, and body is different and responds different to treatment. Every chiropractor and their approach is also different. The shortest and most direct answer to this question is that this depends on many factors and so it will differ.
If you are experiencing relatively minor pain, your chiropractic may ask you to come in once or twice in quick succession during the first week or two. Then reduce visits to weekly after that. When a patient’s pain is not that intense or long-term, a few visits may be enough to make a major difference.
Intense Or Chronic Pain
If you’re in serious pain, your chiropractor will have you visit more frequently in the initial treatment stage. In time, and as your condition improves, he or she will ask you to continue to come on a regular basis, but less frequently.
If you experience intense lower back pain, for example, or chronic pain that returns time and time again, your chiropractor will likely schedule follow-up appointments with you weekly for the first month. These visits will help him or her to get to the root of the problem, and will help alleviate the pain that you experience.
In most cases, you will experience some relief after a week or two of regular visits. In time, your pain will decrease and the frequency of your visits will reduce. You can continue to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care, but you will still need to visit your doctor on an ongoing basis, but you won’t have to go as often. This is known as preventative care.
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