A common question that we field as chiropractors is "How often SHOULD I get adjusted?" so I thought we'd explore. First and foremost it's worthwhile to examine all the good things that can come from a chiropractic adjustment. Here is a list of some of the benefits:
- Less pain
- Increased energy
- Fewer headaches
- More mobility
- Better circulation
- Better athletic performance (Why else would the pros get adjusted?)
- Works goes better
- Relationships are better
- Better sleep
- Countless internal conditions can improve (irritable bowel, acid reflux, and so much more)
- Improves depression
- Faster recovery for athletes and hard workers
- Can decrease or eliminate the need for medications
- On and on and on.....
That being said, there probably isn't a "one size fits all" answer to the magic question. Some patients do marvelous with a maintenance adjustment once per month. Many others prefer a 2 week interval between adjustments. And yet many more choose to get adjusted on a weekly basis. We like to look at the situation: the patients general health condition, the patients occupation or athletic regimen, the overall level of stress the person is under, any inherent weaknesses in their spine, etc. I can tell you that Dr. Mike, Suzanne and I each get adjusted weekly and that works well for us.
In its simplest form, if I were to offer you great health advice, I'd say eat the highest quality, least processed foods available to you. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces in the highest quality water daily (i.e. I like alkaline water from Trader Joe's to fight inflammation). Get quality rest. Do both cardio and weight bearing exercises 3-5 x per week; focus on maintaining a positive attitude and have your spine (the axial skeleton, the spinal cord and the spinal nerves that regulate every function in your body "from your toes to your nose,") adjusted as frequently as practical for you. Getting adjusted is biologically, physiologically and anatomically the smartest move you can make to combat the effects of lifestyle and occupational stress and normal aging.
Remember if you don't use it, it's certain that you'll surely lose it! If you haven't been checked by a chiropractor EVER, it's time. If you haven't been checked by a chiropractor in the last year, it's time. You owe it to yourself to explore the gift of good health. Call our office today at (704) 847-8308 and ask for our "Pain Elimination - Get Well Evaluation," including any needed x-rays, for only $75. No insurance required. However if you have insurance, bring your card and we'll do a complimentary benefits analysis to determine if you have coverage that will help.