Chiropractic Myth: Once you start going to a chiropractor, do you have to keep going forever? Or, maybe you’ve heard, once you start chiropractic, you can never stop. Another may be, you get addicted to chiropractic.
Chiropractic Reality: No, you do not have to keep going to the chiropractor once you start. It’s your body, and ultimately, you are responsible for making the decisions that lead you towards or away from more wellbeing. Chiropractic can enhance your quality of life and choosing to utilize it on a regular basis, can impact your choice on how far you want to take your journey towards more wellbeing.
The misbelief about having to continue chiropractic care after starting can stem from a misconception about the purpose of going to a chiropractor.
Before we discuss the fallacy about regular chiropractic care, it’s important to remember that chiropractic is within the health care system. One of the principles of health care ethics is autonomy, which is considered to be a fundamental practice of any health care approach. Autonomy can be defined as the ability of a person to make his or her own decisions. In chiropractic, that means you as the consumer of the chiropractic services must be involved in the conversation about receiving as well as returning for chiropractic care.
To address the misconception about having to continue on with chiropractic care for the rest of your life once you start, consider the viewpoint that chiropractic can be in the same arena as healthy lifestyle choices like nutrition and exercise. If you replaced nutrition or exercise into the questions or concerns about continuing on after you start, you will notice a trend that points towards where the chiropractic misconception stems from.
For example, once you start eating healthy, you must eat healthy for the rest of your life. Or, once you start exercising, you must exercise for the rest of your life. Let’s imagine that your personal trainer recommended you come back to the gym three times a week, as well as ditch fast food and replace it with good nutrition to help you reach your health goals. They would likely encourage you to incorporate these recommendations as long term lifestyle choices, and you would likely accept these recommendations.
If you alter your viewpoint towards chiropractic being a part of your healthy choices to help you achieve a higher quality of life, you can see why 35 million Americans annually choose regular chiropractic adjustments.*
Chiropractic adjustments restore proper relationship within the spinal joints due to misaligned vertebrae that can negatively affect the functional state of the neurological system. The goal with chiropractic care is the process from adjusting to a negative functional state to a positive functional state with each adjustment.
Considering chiropractic? Schedule your first visit to consult with a chiropractor to help answer any question you have about the potential benefits that can be found within the chiropractic adjustment.
*Source: American Chiropractic Association