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How often should I receive Chiropractic Adjustments is a common question that many times leaves a current practice member in doubt on how soon to return or someone who’s never been adjusted not pursuing their first adjustment until their in so much pain that they can’t carry on with their normal activities of daily living without the aid of the benefits to the adjustment.

Looking at this question with an Above-Down-Inside-Out “ADIO” perspective will allow us to better answer “How Often Should I Receive Chiropractic Adjustments?”

What causes the need for a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic recognizes three categories of stress that can negatively affect your body, if adaptation to these three stressors are insufficient, a perfect environment for vertebral subluxation to occur:

  1. Physical Stress. 
  2. Chemical Stress. 
  3. Emotional Stress. 

Vertebral subluxation can occur in all ages and stages of life regardless of symptoms due to stress.

What does vertebral subluxation affect?

Vertebral subluxation can affect the body’s inherent recuperative power that utilizes the neurological system for coordination. When structure of the spine is dysfunctional, there can be interference in the function of the neurological system.

Impulses travel through the neurological system between the brain and the body’s 100 trillion cells to coordinate all bodily functions, directing your quality of life.

Better structure within your spine means better function of the body’s inherent recuperative power to coordinate overall well-being.

How does the Chiropractic Adjustment Work?

Spinal bones are designed to protect the nerves, but if spinal integrity is less than optimal, neurological interference can result and create negative stress on the body’s recuperative power to adapt to external stimuli, putting your well-being in a state of disharmony.

Chiropractic adjustments restore proper relationship within the spinal joints due to misaligned vertebrae that can negatively affect the structural and functional state of the neurological system.

How often should I receive Chiropractic Adjustments?

Chiropractic adjustments can be utilized either through reactive measures or a proactive investment into your overall well-being due to daily stress and demands that are pushing your body’s inherent recuperative powers of self-healing to compensate rather than adapt.

Stress and demands are constantly taking a toll on our bodies. Being ahead of the game with adapting rather than compensating to stress requires an attention to detail in our quality of life.

Problems or stress can be a part of all ages and all stages of living. As long as stress is a part of your daily routine, you have the opportunity to benefit from starting chiropractic to better adapt to it.

So when is the best time to receive a chiropractic adjustment when being proactive?

The best time to receive a chiropractic adjustment is when stress outweighs the body’s innate ability to adapt to it.

Signs and symptoms can be a form of internal communication within the body to let you know whether you’re adapting or compensating. But most of the time, symptoms are late to communicate the deviation in your state of condition and quick to disappear when more positive change is left to be made.

One way to know whether you’re adapting or compensating is to become more cautious of stress.

The unique benefit to regular chiropractic adjustments is realizing that better adaptation to stress can occur when you’re more cautious to your current stress levels and being proactive with the decision on when next to visit your chiropractor.

The unique aspect to chiropractic is you’ll never absolutely know if you need an adjustment if you’re being proactive with utilizing it in a well-being lifestyle manner, but your chiropractor will.

The point of visiting your chiropractor is to let him/her decide through a proper evaluation on the necessity of care. No different than visiting your dentist to determine if you need a filling for a cavity.

Always consult with a chiropractor who will help determine that care is appropriate for you. This process includes a consultation, as well as a biomechanical and neurophysiological evaluation to make a determination of the need for care. Based off findings in the evaluation, this process may be followed by the chiropractic adjustment.

The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to restore proper structural alignment within the spine to allow the relationship between the spine and the neurological system to have less interference or impingement due to malfunctioning spinal integrity.

Malfunctioning spinal integrity can be asymptomatic and choosing to visit your chiropractor on a regular basis regardless of pain levels but rather stress levels will allow you the opportunity to be proactive with the necessary adjustments determined by your chiropractor’s analysis!

Better structure within your spine means better function within the neurological system. Better function within the neurological system allows for the opportunity for a more optimal well-being within.

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Trent Scheidecker, DC


Trent Scheidecker, DC | ChiroWay of Woodbury | Owner & Chiropractor
Trent Scheidecker, DC frequently visited his chiropractor when he was in high school and knew the benefits he experienced were worth the time and investment to become a chiropractor. He wanted to help his community experience a higher quality of life through regular chiropractic care. In 2010 Trent founded ChiroWay in Woodbury and since that time has served over 3,000 clients. He has been named “Best of Woodbury” in Woodbury Magazine seven times. Trent has also mentored colleagues in practice and franchised ChiroWay in 2012. Today, there are 8 ChiroWay locations throughout Minnesota.