Myth Adjusting: “Once a week until you die or I die”

Let’s address one of the common myths about chiropractic – the misconception that we’re trapping you into lifelong care!

That ol’ chestnut is a classic. We hear it all the time from people who are hesitant about giving chiropractic care a go. So let’s do some explaining and put this misunderstanding to rest once and for all.

Our purpose is NOT to see you “once a week until you die or I die”. We cannot emphasise that enough. We ARE here to help your body function at its best; and we know that achieving this looks different for every individual.

Sometimes, a person simply wants to address their immediate pain or injury. In these cases we generally expect to see them anywhere from 1-3 times a week for the initial few weeks. This helps us really tackle the problem head-on and resolve as much as we can before spreading out the visits. We do recommend some maintenance care (could be every 3-6 weeks) once you’re feeling better, but that’s a standard part of insuring and protecting ANY investment you make in your health. Who wants to be right back where they started after they’ve made an effort to heal? Maintenance is all about helping your body REMAIN in its best state and enabling you bounce back quickly if health challenges do arise. It also supports better awareness of your body for both yourself and your chiropractor, so that unforeseen issues are less surprising and easier to remedy.

We also see people who experience chronic conditions (e.g. migraines, chronic pain, fatigue, co-ordination/balance challenges etc). These conditions tend to require a longer-term approach and visits are spread out over a few months as we progressively teach the body better ways of functioning. If you’re one of these people, it’s all about helping your brain and body form new communication habits. If we get the condition lessened in severity or frequency, we want to continue that pattern and support the body so it doesn’t revert back to old ways of functioning. This still doesn’t mean once a week for the rest of your life! Every person is different and we work with them individually to set and achieve long-term goals.

Each body and brain is unique and has its own needs. We’re not here to give everyone the same strategy because we know you’re all in various stages of health and well-being. We know from experience what is likely to help specific conditions and we’ll work alongside you to tailor our recommendations to your situation. We know that regular maintenance care crucially underscores the efforts made in the initial weeks and we encourage people to keep some degree of regularity over time while their body adapts to better ways of functioning. But we’re not here to trap you into care for life.

Come and talk to us about your situation, find out what we know and how we can help. If we believe someone else is better equipped to help you, we’ll send you to them. Because we want your health to thrive the way we know it can!

References:

Manipulation of Dysfunctional Spinal Joints Affects Sensorimotor Integration in the Prefrontal Cortex: A Brain Source Localization Study

Effects of 12 Weeks of Chiropractic Care on Central Integration of Dual Somatosensory Input in Chronic Pain Patients: A Preliminary Study

The Role of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Low Back Pain

About the Author Dr Edward Roper

Ed has been practicing in Tauranga since 2009, and established Precision Chiropractic in 2012. Prior to this, Ed spent several years in a chiropractic practice in Albany, Auckland.