That’s a good question isn’t it? If you’re anything like most people I see in practice, you’re probably unsure about this.
How long will it take to help my symptoms? How many spinal checkups do I need to get my spine healthy? Am I getting checked too often or not enough?
The answer: It depends. On 2 things:
- The current state of your spine. From your assessment, how well is your spine working currently? Are there signs showing active degeneration or is it in a stable condition?
- How much damage has been done? Problems in the spine are caused by past injuries and stress accumulated over time. What did your X-rays show?
If you’re not sure, ask your chiropractor again to fully understand where you’re at.
If there are signs your spine is prematurely degenerating (your spine is older than what it should be for your age), then you need to prioritise slowing this process down. This usually takes 6 – 12 weeks depending on the current state of your spine and how much damage has already been done.
If your spine is stable, then it’s much easier to get your spine healthier. The priority will be to have regular checkups every month on an ongoing basis.
“Use it or lose it”
If you don’t exercise regularly, you will lose your strength and fitness. If you don’t brush your teeth or have regular dental cleanups with your dentist, you will lose your welcoming smile.
If you don’t look after your spine regularly, you will age quicker and develop symptoms in the process.
If you’ve had your 1st adjustment with us recently, you will be due for a checkup soon. On your next checkup, I will discuss with you how long it will take to stabilise your spine and how many checkups you will need in that time frame.
Looking forward to helping you have a healthier spine.