“To be a participant in chiropractic, it is imperative that you, the patient, understand as much as you can about chiropractic and the “above-down, inside-out” approach to health care. If this term is unfamiliar to you, please ask your chiropractor to explain its meaning.

” —Joe Strauss

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 the question for a more consistent approach to regular chiropractic care.

Lets review the basics to an ADIO perspective to Chiropractic to help us answer the question 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. Physical stress can be defined as external invasive forces that are outweighs the internal resistive forces of the body to be in a state of balance.
  1. Chemical Stress. Chemical stress can be defined as external or internal chemicals that trigger physical reactions throughout the body, offsetting the chemical equilibrium or body chemistry balance.
  1. Emotional Stress. Emotional stress can be defined as internal emotional tension or mental strain that can produce physical responses throughout the body offsetting the chemical equilibrium or physical state of balance.

Vertebral subluxation can occur in all ages and stages of life regardless of symptoms due to physical, chemical and emotional 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. The neurological communication process needs to be free of any interference in order for a complete state of well-being to occur from within.

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.

When structure of the spinal bones is optimal, the function of the neurological system is optimal.

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.

What’s the benefit of the Chiropractic Adjustment?

The position of chiropractic is that “there is an inherent recuperative power within the body to heal itself.” Your body has an innate characteristic of restoring wholeness. It naturally wants to heal damaged cells and tissues. The power to heal the body utilizes the neurological system to coordinate and direct the trillions of cells working together towards an optimal state of well-being.

Your highest quality of well-being is directed by the neurological system through communication of mental impulses from the brain to the body and the body back to the brain through the nerves.

This process of neurological communication from brain to body and body to brain needs to be free of any interference in the spine to influence an optimal state of coordination and well-being to occur.

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.

Answering the question how often should I receive chiropractic adjustments from the proactive perspective-they can be a part of your well-being lifestyle and utilized on a regular basis based on stress levels.

The definition of proactive is “acting, creating, or controlling a situation that causes something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.”

Being proactive doesn’t mean reactive choices might not be of necessity, as well. Being reactive is natural and due to circumstances in life or limitations to healing, sometimes a reactive decision can be the best course of action that is needed.

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.

When stress outweighs our body’s innate ability to adapt, it creates an environment for vertebral subluxation to develop.

Physical, chemical and emotional forms of stress can lead to a vertebral subluxation.

Some of the more common stressors include: Physical stress from slips, falls, or poor posture. Chemical stress from poor diet or lack of good water. Emotional stress from how we respond and think about things that happen in life.

So how do you know if you’re either adapting or compensating to the daily stressors in life?

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.

Being cautious means you use good judgment and are careful in practical ways. Being cautious doesn’t mean you should live a life. It means you’re more aware of the principle of cause and effect as it relates to your quality o life. Appreciating the fact that stress creates an effect to our well-being and being aware of how much stress is contributing to the need for your next chiropractic adjustments is vital.

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.

Regular chiropractic care can be an absolutely positive option to lower the opportunity for vertebral subluxation to occur and increase your resistance towards stress and strengthen your overall function of well-being from within.

So, how do you absolutely know if you need to be adjusted by a 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.

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.

The information in our articles are not intended to diagnose, mitigate or prescribe the use of any technique as a form of treatment for any physical conditions, symptoms or diseases. Directly consult with a qualified health care professional for any chiropractic or medical advice. In addition to the benefits of chiropractic care, one should also be aware of the existence of some risks. Risks associated with some chiropractic care may include soreness, musculoskeletal sprain/strain, and fracture. In addition, there have been reported cases of stroke associated with chiropractic care. Research and scientific evidence does not establish a cause and effect relationship between chiropractic care and the occurrence of stroke; rather studies indicate that people may be consulting chiropractors when they are in the early states of a stroke. In essence, there is a stroke already in process. However, you are being informed of this reported risk.