A question often asked by patients is, ‘How often do I need to come in for an adjustment?’
The default answer to this is usually, ‘It depends.’
Well, everyone is different so it really depends on a number of factors: first of all, the reason a person is seeking chiropractic care in the first place. Other factors include the patient’s overall health and their history of illness and injury.
There is a wide spectrum between the smoothie-toting elite athlete and the Big Mac-toting beer belly couch-potato. Nonetheless, most people come in with some sort of complaint such as, ‘I hurt my back’ or, ‘I have a headache’.
After assessing all areas related to the patient’s health, a chiropractic treatment plan is formulated. This again ‘depends’ on the initial complaint, but generally speaking, most problems require a number of treatments over the course of days to weeks.
At the onset of care, the treatment frequency is usually higher, such as every other day or in some acute cases, every day for several days. Treatment progress is monitored on every visit. As the patient begins to improve, the frequency of treatment can be reduced until they reach a point where they feel 100% or they have reached their maximum recovery.
From here, the transition of care may be to a level where we can help ‘maintain’ proper structure and hopefully prevent future injuries.
Very often the patients that come in to get treated for their aches and pains realize the other benefits of chiropractic care and will elect to continue treatment on a regular basis.
Some people come in for care without a complaint per se, but they see the value of chiropractic care as part of their health regime in maintaining good health.
It is important to remember that most problems don’t begin with the onset of pain. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that enough is enough. With the exception of acute injuries, pain is the last thing to show up and the first to leave so it is not the best indicator of functional problems. The key, of course, is to prevent pain and potentially more damage to the body.
Maintenance care may range from once every couple of weeks to once every few months, again, depending on the individual. Of course, lifestyle changes like adequate diet and exercise and proper posture are part of the picture in maintaining or supporting good health.
So to answer the question: ‘How many chiropractic adjustments do I need?’ – Well, it depends.
Tension headaches are one of the most common and debilitating headache types affecting about 20% of the world’s population.
These headaches can occur as a result of stress and/or muscle and neck tension. Due to our increased stress levels, improper use of electronic devices and sedentary lifestyles, tension headaches are more common and frequent than ever before.
For those who suffer from tension-type headaches, it’s better to treat the problem rather than mask the symptoms with analgesics.
How can a Chiropractor help with tension headaches?
- Spinal manipulation by a chiropractor can help alleviate joint irritation and muscle tension
- Chiropractors can offer nutritional advice, depending on the cause of the headaches
- Chiropractors can offer advice on stress reduction, improved posture, ergonomics, exercises and stress-reducing relaxation techniques
How can a tension-type headache be avoided?
- Take a movement and stretch break every 30 minutes if you’re normally in a fixed position. Slowly stretch and move all of your body through a comfortable range of motion
- Avoid teeth clenching, as this can lead to a type of tension headache caused by TMJ
- Stay hydrated and drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day
- Practice relaxation and stress reduction techniques
- Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
If you suffer from regular or occasional tension-type headaches, please call the office to arrange for your appointment. We’d be pleased to help you. 519-258-8544
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Neck pain is a fairly common complaint and can vary from mildly annoying to debilitating.
There are numerous causes of neck pain: muscle strains and tension, problems with the small joints in the vertebra, disk related conditions, neck sprains, or a problem somewhere else in the body resulting in ‘referral’ neck pain.
It’s always important to remember to treat the problem and not just symptoms of neck pain.
Chiropractic care is very effective in diagnosing and treating all types of neck pain.
Please call our office in Windsor for an appointment or more information – 519-258-8544.
The staff at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre would like to wish all our families, friends and patients a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
We wish you all the best!
No one wants to be sick with the cold or flu. Many of us simply can’t afford to miss time away from work or school… not to mention enjoyable times!
We have homoeopathic supplements to help you and your family during flu and cold season.
There are 3 tinctures taken together; VAC-Tox, DRG Milieu and Fl Milieu.
These products can be taken by the whole family during cold and flu season to help prevent or lessen the symptoms related to a cold and flu in a natural way.
Please refer to Dr. Colasanti for direction on how, when and the dosage to take. Give us a call for your appointment or for more information: 519-258-8544
As the holidays draw closer, we’d like to share with you our updated business hours.
In addition to our regular hours, please note our special holiday hours:
Closed December 25th & 26th
December 27th – Open 8am to 12pm
December 28th – Open 3pm to 6pm
December 29th – Open 8am to 12pm
Closed January 1st & 2nd
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