I just had a patient ask me this question.  I think a better way to pose the question is “If I feel better should I come back?”  This is often a big issue with people.  Once you go to a chiropractor you are always going to have to go back.  Or some people even confuse it with the adjustments creating an instability in their spine.

I know there are a lot of questions about what chiropractors do and a lot of misunderstanding.  A lot dogmatic approaches to what we do and even some discrimination.  I will try to teach you all the salubrious benefits of chiropractic care in this short blog.

1.  Wellness care is taking care of something before it hurts.  Even though most of my patients I see come to me for pain relief for their first visit, it doesn’t take long for them to realize they don’t have to live in pain.  I often have people tell me they feel their they are getting tight and they know if they get adjusted it will fix it.  It’s kind of like a taste of the good life.  Stay at the Waldorf Astoria for a weekend and all of a sudden you want to work harder and make more money.  Same with chiropractic, once you feel better you never want to go back to the constant ache in your back or neck.

2.  Chiropractic care creates stability in your spine not weakness.  When a joint is misaligned it is weak and unstable.  Adjustments correct this misalignment and create a stronger spine.  Again looking to professional athletes, would a guy that depends on his body for his living see a chiropractor that is going to make his spine weaker?  Of course not!

3.  Finally the answer to the big question of the day, “do I have to come back?”  First of all you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.  I know that when I see some patients my idea of health is different.  I would like every patient to work out three days a week, have a good diet (with ice cream and chocolate at times) and get adjusted every 2-3 weeks.  That would be the most beneficial and simplest advice I could give people.  However, I know not everybody wants to do that.  They just want to get rid of this crick in my neck or this achy low back from doing yard work over the weekend.  And I am fine with that too, if you just want to feel better, typically patients feel better after 5-7 adjustments.  Then you can give me a call when you hurt again.  I have seen it before, eventually most people come around to wellness and say,
“maybe I should come back and see you in a few weeks.”

I am here for you all of your health care needs and questions.  Just ask me questions and let me know how much you want chiropractic to help you enjoy in life.  Now get out there and go play golf, swim with the kids and get that yard work done with no back pain.