Why is ongoing chiropractic care important? We don’t bat an eyelid when the dentist wants to see us every six months or our optician reminds us to have an eye test every so often. It’s perfectly understandable that most of our patients want just one thing from us when they walk through the Clinic door – they want us to stop the pain that is in many cases making their lives a misery. The problem may be recent – perhaps due to an injury at the gym or gardening – or it may be long-standing. Our usual practice is to find out the cause of the pain and keep the patient informed about our diagnosis whilst going on to deal with it as quickly as we can. In the vast majority of cases we are able to help in achieving just what the patient wants – an end to pain
But what happens then? For many people, recovering from an injury and being pain free is the end goal and that’s no surprise. However, ongoing chiropractic care can bring real benefits to wellbeing, helping with spinal strength and posture whilst keeping any potential problems at bay. Many of our patients pop in to see us once a month or even once every two months just to have an adjustment and have a chat about any issues that may have resurfaced. All of the chiropractors at this Clinic are able to spot potential problems and employ treatment techniques to ensure those problems never manifest.
I’ve often said in this blog that improved research into chiropractic is showing us that treatment can have some surprising and often unexpected benefits giving credence to the many chiropractors that have anecdotally been saying the same thing for years.
But perhaps the most dramatic example is the well-documented case of a man in his 50s who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He underwent regular chiropractic treatment and was given a program of therapeutic exercises as well as nutritional advice. The results were astonishing. His lung capacity improved dramatically – and bearing in mind that a person’s lung capacity almost always reduces over time this makes the results even more extraordinary. For that particular individual there is no doubt that regular chiropractic care was life changing. Even more so when one considers that larger lung capacity has been linked in studies to greater longevity.
I acknowledge that this is a very dramatic example and may even be unique, but as more research is being done into the benefits of chiropractic treatment we can only hope that more people acknowledge these positive findings and visit their chiropractor on a regular basis. Many of our regular patients do so and are reporting very real benefits.