Seeing a chiropractor regularly will help keep individuals functioning at their best, but many people wonder how often they should see their chiropractor to maximize the benefits of treatment.
How often you should see a chiropractor depends on your condition and what you are looking to achieve as a patient. During the first visit to a chiropractor, patients receive a chiropractic exam so the chiropractor can develop a treatment plan specific to the patient’s unique condition and needs. This exam consists of a discussion of medical history, posture and reflex analysis, range of motion analysis, questions about the condition, and x-rays if needed. Additionally, people seek chiropractic care for many reasons including, relief from a chronic condition, relief from a new strain, or health maintenance and future pain prevention. Your chiropractor will take into consideration all of these factors when determining how often they recommend you come in for adjustments.
After your first appointment, it is not uncommon for a chiropractor to recommend coming in a couple of times per week as your body is adjusting to a new treatment plan. People who have been experiencing chronic pain for a while and are now seeking health maintenance, often see their chiropractors weekly or 1-2 times per month. It is important to remember that it is often a wiser choice to make appointments for maintenance rather than scheduling when the pain gets severe enough that it impacts daily life. This puts a focus on the prevention of a condition rather than the treatment of a condition. Ultimately, how often you see your chiropractor is very unique to your personal needs and condition. The only way to truly find out how often you should receive adjustments, is to have a discussion with your chiropractor about your condition and goals.