Chiropractic skeptics often pooh-pooh the idea of periodic chiropractic checkups after symptoms subside with the classic “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” line. This justification often results in a relapse of the original problem for countless patients. Why? Because biomechanical changes along the spine affecting nerves and muscles don’t heal like a cut, infection or some other self-resolving health condition.
By the time spinal problems produce obvious symptoms, the problem has existed for some time. A chiropractic care plan may produce symptomatic improvement in a matter of months, sometimes weeks. Though a patient may be delighted, we haven’t completed the retraining of the underlying muscles and soft tissues necessary for lasting spinal changes.
That’s why the original problem may return. It’s hard to know when, but it’s almost always after major physical, chemical or emotional stress. Without some type of ongoing care, the weakened area remains susceptible to re-injury. Should this happen to you, contact us. You’re welcome back for another episode of care.
Original Article by Perfect Patients writing staff
Dr. Smith’s 2 cents…
Often times patients’ pain will decrease with time alone. This is usually due to inflammation clearing from the site of pain or the spinal nerves. The problem (a structural shift of the spine) isn’t corrected but there is less pressure on the nerves, specifically the nociceptors (pain receptors) of the nerves. With this problem still uncorrected the body is setup to fail. All it takes is a slight “twist or turn”, “sleeping weird”, or some other minor incident to bring all the original symptoms back.
It is important to not only have your spine checked and adjusted where needed but to also stabilize and strengthen the injured area. The stretches and exercises given to our patients help them heal in the best and quickest way possible.