I may be a bit biased in regards to this topic, but I am more than happy to say that I will be seeing a chiropractor for the rest of my life. Why? Well first of all, I am married to one. But the real reason why I am proud to say I am a lifer when it comes to chiropractic is because it helps me achieve the healthy lifestyle I strive towards every day!
As a chiropractor, my job is to ensure joints, nerves and muscles are functioning both properly and optimally. If you have been in pain or dysfunction for a long period of time, your joints, nerves and muscles have become accustomed to a certain type of patterning. In order to not only get you out of pain but also keep you that way, we have to work hard to change those chronic patterns. In many cases this can take multiple adjustments. For this reason, initially you will be visiting the chiropractor more frequently. Once we are able to get you out of pain, we want to make sure your body doesn’t slip back in to old habits. At this point, we will spread out our visits to see how your body is feeling and functioning given its new movement patterns.
Once we are both completely convinced that the pain has gone and you are back to functioning optimally, there are two roads we can take. The first road is to let you go back to living your life the way you were before visiting Lead, with a few tweaks to your normal routine as to ensure this pain does not easily come back. If you experience any pain or change in function in the future you know where to find me! The second option is to make sure we maintain this proper function. This includes what I call ‘maintenance’ visits to our office to ensure all of the work we initially put in was well worth it. Stresses of everyday life, including both physical and mental stressors, can cause a lot of strain on the neuromusculoskeletal system, and regular chiropractic visits can help your body handle such stress. Maintenance visits are dependent on the person, but are commonly scheduled for once a month.
Once most people get a taste of how proper alignment and function feels, they want to keep it that way! For that reason, patients are more than happy and excited to visit my office on a semi regular basis. To make a long story short, no you do not have to see a chiropractor for the rest of your life! Just be warned that you may start to enjoy the healthy lifestyle regular chiropractic care can provide.
Yours in health,
Dr. Rikki MacKenzie