From a Chiropractic patient’s perspective, you may have reached that point where you are becoming tired of keeping your appointments. We get it. You’re busy, and an adjustment can be just one more thing you need to find time and money for. And if you’re not in pain you may think, ‘I feel OK, nothing stopping me, so why not, I’ll take a break’.

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Dr. Andrew Arnold discusses how as a Chiropractor, the goal is simple. To help you reach and maintain optimal health.’

We don’t want you to be stopped. You’ve got things to do, goals to achieve, families to enjoy. You don’t need spine and joint pain stopping you from doing what you love.

So this generally what happens? A patient drops out. 3, maybe 6 months pass and then you show up, this time in more pain than when you first came in. The very first thing you say to us is, ‘I’ve been sooooo good’ or ‘I didn’t do anything’.  As a Chiropractor we hear this all the time.

Pain is the last thing to happen, and often the first to go. It can sometimes take months, maybe years for the pain to reach a point where you feel you need to do something. The body is an incredible compensator, able to manage stress without you knowing too much about what’s going on…until a point that is.

This point I call, a ‘MACK TRUCK’. You may have experienced this, where you are seemingly traveling along fine and then wham! An avalanche of pain hits. Your back locks up with a spasm that feels like a hundred leg cramps rolled into one. What happened? The elastic band has been tightening ever so slowly over time and then one day, the straw that broke the camel’s back, BANG! Your body can no longer deal with the ever-increasing stress.

What then happens is we need to start over. Lots of visits, close together…which costs you time and dollars.

Ironically you end up seeing your Chiro more than if you had stayed on a maintenance plan.

So here’s the thing.

Imagine joining a gym and starting to train. Your P.T. will recommend you follow a plan regularly and set a timely re-assessment process. This is where the results are?

The reason for this is to train and condition your muscles so that you can increase your weights and reps. Makes sense?

It’s no different with Chiropractic adjustments. Well, it’s a little different. The regularity is the same however, Chiropractic adjustments should become less frequent over time.

Each adjustment builds on the one before conditioning, repairing and restoring your spinal and joint functioning and integrity. Your central nervous system becomes re-patterned to a new, improved state, where your body works at a higher level. Adjustments are less frequent however, this usual plateau at monthly. An experienced Chiropractor will understand and be aware when you need an adjustment not necessarily in accordance with your pain pattern. The intention is to provoke your bodies self-healing ability by under scheduling and encouraging other support processes like exercise, foot orthotics, posture aids, and other modalities.

You Chiropractor can help you create your own self-management plan where you drive your own bus.

The result is a smoother, more predictable health management process without the MACK trucks meaning you can confidently do what you need to do.

So next time you feel like dropping out of care consider these points. It’s actually about fewer visits, not more.

About the Author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is the Principal Chiropractor and owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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