How Often Should You See a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic treatment can provide relief from physical discomfort, chronic pain, and stress in your back, neck, shoulders, etc. Whether you’ve suffered an injury playing sports, been involved in a car accident, injured yourself at work, or interested in general postural correction, a chiropractor can help you.

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, hands-on treatment. It focuses on your vertebrae to realigning the vertebra in your spine, therefore reducing the pressure on the surrounding nerves, muscles, and ligaments. Chiropractic treatment can increase the blood flow and oxygen to the affected region and help to reduce pain, as well as improve mobility and general health.

In some cases, your chiropractor might recommend additional treatments such as massage therapy, trigger point therapy,dietary advice, physiotherapy, and pain management modalities (ultrasound therapy, interferential current, laser therapy, etc) in addition to chiropractic care.

At True Life Wellness and Physiotherapy,  our chiropractor, Dr. Altaf Virani provides custom tailored treatment plans for his patients in a professional, empathetic manner. He will take a thorough history and conduct an appropriate physical examination to provide a diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment care plan for your specific condition.

Give us a call today to see how Dr. Virani can help you reach your health care goals by booking an initial consultation.

When do you need to see a chiropractor?

Whether you have a specific complaint or you want to simply improve your overall health, you can book a visit with a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is also a very effective preventative, proactive form of treatment to help keep an already healthy person in good health. If your body is in good shape and aligned properly, your overall ability to participate in your daily activities will be free of restrictions. Thus reducing the chances of injuries and strain on your muscles and joints.

Here are some of the reasons our patients choose chiropractic care:

1. Improve athletic performance

Athletes often suffer injuries to their muscles and joints because of intensive training regimens. If you’re an athlete, you know how important it is to keep your body in good health. Injuries not only take a toll on your body, but time spent recovering from constant injuries is time lost from training and competing. 

Chiropractic treatment can help resolve your injuries in a safe, holistic way, thus keeping your body in proper alignment and functioning at the highest level possible.

2. Promote natural recovery

Chiropractic treatment can help by reducing the stress on muscle tendons, and nerves. Thus promoting increased blood flow and oxygen throughout the body.

3. Better posture

Poor posture puts additional stress and pressure on your back, neck, feet, and yes, even your internal organs. Additional stress on your spine can cause an imbalance when you walk resulting in pain and discomfort throughout your body. Chiropractic care can help your spine and joints realign naturally to improve your overall posture. 

4. Decrease pain

One of the most common reasons a patient will visit a chiropractor in North York is because he/she is in pain. By gently realigning your spine, you reduce the additional stress placed on your joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Thus improving your quality of sleep, overall recovery from exercise, and ability to perform your daily activities of daily living in a safe manner. 

How often do you need to see a chiropractor?

This depends on your diagnosis, Patients will go to see a chiropractor when they have injured themselves or when they are interested in maintaining optimum health.

After all, routine chiropractic care is a great preventative treatment to reduce bad posture, chronic pain, injuries, and other potential issues.

During your initial visit, the chiropractor will spend time with you discussing your chief complaint and review with you, your medical history and perform a physical examination. In some cases, they might also ask you to do an x-ray if necessary. The initial visit is a great time to bring up any concerns you may have about your health.

Once the chiropractor has completed the examination, they will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific condition. This will include the type of treatment(s) necessary, frequency of visits, and duration of treatment. The treatment plan may also include a referral back to the family physician if necessary. Conditions such as the ones listed below may lead to a person seeking chiropractic care:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Osteorarrhiris
  • Scoliosis

These conditions cause the spine and joints to become misaligned which could affect your posture greatly and result in increased pain during daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or playing sports.

1. The severity of your body’s injuries 

If you suffered multiple serious injuries from a car accident or a work related injury, you might require an extended treatment plan consisting of multiple visits in a week to help you recover. Again, it’s important to discuss these factors with your chiropractor. Let them know about the type of injury or accident you suffered, where the injury occurred, past history of the chief complaint, how long recovery took, and the type of symptoms you’re currently experiencing.

This type of information helps your chiropractor determine the appropriate care plan for your individual case.

2. Your body’s response to treatment

Some patients might respond quicker with chiropractic care, while other patients might take a while longer. If your body is responding quickly to chiropractic care and you experience significant benefits in a shorter amount of time, your chiropractor will adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

On the other hand, if you are not responding as expected the chiropractor will re-assess the condition and consider incorporating other treatment options such as physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, or referring back to your family physician.

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