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Most of our patients choose to continue their care beyond the point where they feel better. The reason for this is that by maintaining the function of your spine there is less risk of it breaking down again.
Common analogies to this include having your car serviced, or having your teeth checked and cleaned by the dentist or the dental hygienist. However, if they break beyond repair you can get a new car or have a new set of teeth. Getting a new spine is a little more difficult!!!
But do we know that chiropractic maintenance care is effective in decreasing the chances of your pain recurring? Are there any other benefits to regular care? What is the most cost effective frequency for these visits?
British Medical Journal published a study involving 700 back pain patients. Overall
chiropractic patients did better than physiotherapy patients, but the clincher was
that regular follow-
In another study 30 chronic back pain patients had one month of intensive chiropractic treatment. Afterwards half the group received no further care and the other half continued care with a treatment every three weeks. After nine months both groups felt better than they had at the outset but the patients who had continued care had maintained their initial improvement whereas the other had suffered some setback.
Other personal benefits are obvious. If you have less pain, you feel better, you
are happier and it is easier to cope with the stress of everyday living. The overall
benefit to society is also considerable. Over a seven year period chiropractic patients
were compared with people who received ‘standard’ medical care only. The chiropractic
patients were 60% less likely to go to hospital, or to have out-
So what is the ideal chiropractic maintenance treatment frequency?
The patients who tend to do best are the people who complete their initial 4 to 8
weeks of chiropractic care aimed at getting them out of pain, fix the problems that
can be fixed and re-
In short it all depends on the individual patient but if you stop your treatment altogether and wait until your symptoms come back you may have to start all over again and the likelihood of a successful outcome may be smaller.
Some of the more common factors which often cause people to require more frequent maintenance care are:
So if you do decide that chiropractic is for you then you can do yourself a favour
by completing the initial corrective treatment, and then continuing your care little
and often rather than waiting for another full-