Many Singaporeans receive chiropractic treatment for common issues, such as lower back pain treatment. Even if you have never gone for chiropractic adjustments before, you probably understand what they do, at least. Nevertheless, one of the critical questions many patients ask is how often they should go for chiropractic adjustments.
Before we answer the question, let us go through the fundamentals of chiropractic adjustments.
What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is trained professional that cares for and treats Nueromusculoskeletal issues by utilizing high velocity low amplitude manual adjustments to your spinal joints and the body. By manipulating your spine, they are able to alleviate aches, discomfort and/or pain experienced in the muscles, soft tissues, and joints in the myriad of regions in your neuromusculoskeletal system. In layperson’s terms, they adjust, pop, and move your spine back to normal mobility and function to relieve tension and pain caused by our bad habits in the workplace, gym and life.
While they do not offer prescription medicines like doctors do, they are trained to be able to diagnose your condition(s) and are able provide an effective treatment solution to alleviate your pain. Chiropractors can help with various neuromusculoskeletal ailments, such as reduced mobility in our joints, acute, subacute and chronic back pain especially in the cervical and low back regions. Simply put, if a joint is involved a chiropractor can help to get you back to doing what you love to do.
What are chiropractic adjustments?
Chiropractic adjustments is a treatment process where chiropractors use either a small instrument, table or their hands to apply a high velocity low amplitude controlled force to the specific joint with specific contact and thrusts. The aim of such a treatment process is to ensure that your body’s musculoskeletal structure, which involves your cartilage, muscles, skeleton, etc., is properly aligned and is moving properly and normally.
A skilled chiropractor will give a controlled and targeted adjustments to specific areas of your spine and body. The adjustment is purposeful and not just random cracking and popping in your back. Chiropractic care enables and is designed to allow your body to recover by itself and function as it was to do which is heal itself. By allowing the body to function at its normal self the patient can be given a choice personally to decide for themselves whether to choose pain medication for their pain, surgery or the natural way. Some of the common chiropractic treatments rendered are for neck pain, headaches, shoulder, elbow and/or knee pain treatments of various severity for both young and old.
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic adjustments are often customised to the individuals health needs. Hence, your chiropractor will start with a specific physical examination and health consultation on the first visit, to identify the root cause of your pain and determine if an X-ray is needed or if a referral to a specialist is needed. Getting to know the patient genuinely is key, building trust and developing rapport with the patient is important to getting to the right treatment program to address the patient’s main concerns and needs.
Beyond just treating your pain, the end goal of chiropractic care is to find out and solve any underlying issue that may result in your pain. Once the chiropractor has all the health information from the physical examination, health history and X-ray’s a treatment program is developed and this is where they will begin your chiropractic journey back to health.
Do I need a chiropractor?
Many Singaporeans seek chiropractic treatments for their various neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Even as simple as back ache/discomfort and/or pain are common reason and should not be underestimated as they could be signs of a more worrying issue. There are two fundamental types of pain that chiropractic adjustments help with: chronic and acute.
Chronic pains are pain that lasts for more than six months and can come in varying forms. Some might experience constant pain daily, while others might experience pain that comes and goes which are often signs of more to come if not treated and diagnosed properly and timely.
Acute pains, on the other hand, are pains that last for less than six months and are usually associated with a recent injury caused by accidents or poor working postures. Generally, acute pains can disappear on their own with time but it’s always prudent to get yourself for preventative reasons and/or to rule further reasons of the acute pain. Often acute pain, is insidious meaning it just show up or just happens without any sign of trauma but rather lingering history of simple aches, discomfort in specific areas that goes away after moving or taking a simple over the counter medicine.
The type of pain will provide you with the answer to the key question of this post: Is it necessary to go for regular chiropractic adjustments?
How often should you go for chiropractic adjustments?
While it is certain that chiropractic adjustments can be beneficial for pains and aches, you do not have to only be in pain to go for chiropractic adjustments. In fact, Chiropractic care can also be beneficial for maintenance care for our body to help you maintain your body’s overall functionality.
The regularity of your chiropractic adjustments is determined by whether or not you are currently experiencing aches, discomfort and/or pain as well as the severity of your pain and the amount of areas involved. Going for chiropractic adjustments regularly also can help to prevent and help to reduce the risk of injuries and/or re-injuring yourself.
So, is it necessary to go for regular chiropractic adjustments? The answer is both a yes and no. It is a question that you and your chiropractor can answer together. The answer will depend on the reason, intention and your overall goal regarding your health.
Generally speaking, it is common to go for several adjustments in a week initially when first starting out to get your body’s health momentum towards recovery. However, as your body recovers, that number will be reduced. And once you are functioning close to normal, being pain-free the chiropractic adjustments will become more of a maintenance to maintain those results, then the number drops even further.
If you are reading this post and are asking yourself, “Where do I find reliable chiropractic adjustments near me?” you will be glad to know that you can make an appointment with Healing Hands Chiropractic at https://healinghands.com.sg/. We can be found at six different locations all over Singapore!