“Once You Start Going To A Chiropractor, You Have To Keep Going The Rest Of Your Life” – True or False?

By · Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

This is a funny statement.  People think chiropractic is like a drug… that you get dependant on it like a drug.  Lets talk about this myth.

This is a statement that I frequently hear when the topic of chiropractic care comes up in conversation.  This statement is only partly true.  You only have to continue going to the chiropractor as long as you wish to maintain the health of your neuromusculoskeletal system.  Going to a chiropractor is much like going to the dentist, exercising at a gym or eating a healthier diet, as long as you keep it up, you continue to enjoy the maximum benefits.

Many years ago, dentists convinced everyone that the best time to go to the dentist is before your teeth hurt – that routine dental care will help your teeth remain healthy for a long time.  It is important to remember that, just like your teeth, your spine experiences normal wear and tear – you walk, drive, sit, lift, sleep and bend.  Regular chiropractic care can help you feel better, move with more freedom, and stay healthier throughout your lifetime.  Although you can enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care even if you are only treated for a short time, the real benefits come into play when you make chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle.

It is also worth noting that like your teeth, the nervomusculoskeletal system does show signs of stress over time.  Going to the chiropractor does not mean you will never experience pain again or develop new problems from new trauma or injuries.  Your teeth will continue to benefit from seeing your dentist and may eventually be in worse shape and more painful with time.  This does not mean your dentist caused this to happen.  That makes sense, yes?  Just the same, chiropractors aren’t responsible for making you return again and again it is your choice ultimately for the purpose of better function and better physical health.

In my Pasadena and Rancho Cucamonga offices, half of the patients I treat are those who have experienced a crisis with their spine and now want to keep their spines tuned up. They realize the harder they work or play, the more they need to care for their bodies.

Troy Don, DC QME


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