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Q: Why are multiple visits needed at the chiropractor?

Posted September 25, 2013 in Advice Column, Boone

A: This is a common question in the chiropractic world. The answer can be very simple: The problem has been there for a long time, so it’s not going to go away quickly. Unfortunately, most patients wait to see a chiropractor until they are in pain. The great majority of the time, the underlying source of that pain has been present for years or even decades before symptoms show up. In fact, your body has been in that subluxated state for so long that it has adapted to it. Your body thinks it’s “normal.” Therefore, it is going to take some work to reset or retrain your spine because your body will naturally try to revert to its “normal” position.

Chiropractic adjustments are a physical medicine. We are working to make a physical change to your spine and body to promote healing. Just like all other physical treatments and changes, they take time and repetition. Wouldn’t it be great if you could lift weights one time and enjoy big, strong muscles for the rest of your life? The fact is, it doesn’t work that way. Each adjustment, like each weight-lifting session, builds on the effectiveness of the one before. The visits we recommend are no more, and no less, than necessary to make those changes. Ultimately it is up to you to decide what you want out of your care. Stop by the office to see how chiropractic can help you and your family.

Information provided by Dr. Chris Tigges of Boone Family Chiropractic, 1320 S. Marshall St., 432-9525.

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