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Posted on 09-05-2017
One of the caveats you hear about chiropractors is that you’re going to have to come back all the time. In reality, your length of treatment depends on what you want from your chiropractic care. If all you want is reduction of acute symptoms, then depending on the severity of your problem it could take anywhere from two to six visits spread over six to twelve weeks. That’s how allopathic chiropractors treat patients: They give adjustments to treat an acute condition, and if the condition doesn’t resolve in a certain period of time, then patients are referred to a conventional medical specialist, such as an orthopedist. But most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a course of treatment. Getting someone to feel good is only the basic outcome, one that may do very little to restore proper functioning of the spine and nervous system. If all that the chiropractor does is remove the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater.
How long it will take to restore high-level functionality depends on the condition of the spine and the age of the patient. With a weeks-old baby, the spine is malleable and any damage has not been set in stone, so to speak, so one or two chiropractic adjustments (followed by ongoing preventive care) can restore functionality quickly. Older children or teenagers may take a few months of regular care to get the spine back to a healthy state. But with adults in their twenties, thirties, forties, or fifties, all
too often the spine hasn’t been functioning optimally for years. There may be considerable damage to the soft tissues surrounding the vertebrae, or maybe even deterioration in the bones due to improper movement. In these cases, it may take upward of a year or two to heal the damage fully and restore as much functionality to the spine as possible. With patients in their sixties and seventies, it can take even longer, and the outcome may not be as good due to the extent of the damage. But almost everyone can experience some increase in function with regular chiropractic care.
For more information about the benefits of chiropractic care for your long-term health, check out Dr. Lenarz’s book The Chiropractic Way, available on Amazon.
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