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.
Our hips are big, important joints and they play an essential role in our body’s normal movement and stability.
There are many common causes of hip pain, including:
- Injuries or trauma
- Stress due to wear and tear
- Compensating for other misaligned body structures
- Pain which originates elsewhere, but it felt in the hip area
When normal movement is restricted, other parts of the body need to work harder to compensate. Just like all parts of our bodies, if our hips are misaligned, it can have effects in other areas.
- How do our hips become misaligned?
- Poor posture
- Sitting or standing too long
- Trauma or injury
- Compensating for other misaligned body structures
- Unusual or incorrect sleeping position
Chiropractors will seek to learn the cause and the source of hip pain (along with a thorough patient history) and may create a personalized treatment plan. A chiropractor may recommend natural treatment options, such as:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Exercises to build supporting muscles
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Postural advice
Taking care of your hip health is important for everyone, including children! Consider their growth as well as their activity levels: all which impact proper hip functioning. Our hips and our entire body benefit from regular chiropractic care!
If you are suffering from hip pain and live in the Windsor, Ontario area, please reach to us to schedule your visit: 519-258-8544
Because it works!
Many professional athletes regularly utilize the services of a chiropractor to help them maintain their bodies and stay in top form. It’s not just about helping with sports-related injuries – it’s about maintaining good health.
If it works for athletes, it can work for you!
Call today for your appointment – 519-258-8544.
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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Dr. Stuart McGill is a spine researcher and professor at the University of Waterloo, who takes a proactive stance with low back pain through injury avoidance techniques and rehabilitation when required. He recommends the “big three exercises.”
Although these exercises are low in intensity and very safe, it’s recommended that you consult with your chiropractor or primary physician before initiating any exercise plan.
The Curl Up
The Bird Dog
The Side Bridge
If you have any questions about your lower back pain, or to schedule your chiropractic visit, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
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.