The initial goal of chiro care is to provide relief of your pain!
The intensity of pain or muscle tension experienced by individuals is dependent on their threshold of pain. That simply means, each of us “feels” pain or tension differently and some people “feel” their pain or tension more than others. This is important and in your first assessment, you will be asked to give a score or number on a numeric visual pain scale to determine the intensity of your pain or tension, which will be helpful as the progression of treatment is underway.
You will be asked to indicate what things you can and can’t do or have difficulty achieving. This will be recorded in a functional questionnaire. This helps the chiropractor assess the results of care and how long it will take to get better.
Results can be immediate or slow, depending on the seriousness of the condition. Physical therapy takes time. Healing with time is required for the reduction of pain, muscle tension, and inflammation. Once the alignment and tension are improved in the spine or joint structures using spinal manipulative therapy and or soft tissue treatment, results improve rapidly. That means feeling better sooner. The expected time frame of healing is within 4-6 weeks of regular treatment as advised by your chiro. Sometimes more time and treatment is required with the severity of symptoms.
Rehabilitation is the next stage of care. A programme of exercise and treatment is designed to assist you to get back in the activities you may have been forced to stop and wish to continue with. This may require modification of some of your activities.
For how long will I need Chiropractic care?
Chiropractors stand ready to help all patients achieve their health goals.
A new Swedish study (Eklund)has given us some new evidence-based data on the benefits of chiropractic maintenance care.
In this study, the authors started with a group of people who came to see a chiropractor for recurrent or persistent back pain. Of these patients, the researcher took those patients who experienced “definite improvement” from the chiropractic care and entered them into the main part of the study.
These 328 patients were then randomly assigned to two groups. The first group received Maintenance Care (MC): they were put on a chiropractic adjustment schedule that was determined by the chiropractor. The second group was the control group, and their chiropractic care was symptom-guided: the patients would come in for an adjustment when they felt like they needed one. This portion of the study lasted 52 weeks.
At the completion of the study, the authors looked at the total number of days of bothersome low back pain in all subjects. The study found:
The Maintenance Care (MC) group had 85.2 days of bothersome pain. Where the control group had 98 days of bothersome pain. So In that year over 12 months, the MC group had on average 12.8 fewer days with bothersome LBP over 12 months. The effect of the intervention was achieved at the cost of 1.7 additional visits to the chiropractor.
The patients in Maintenance Care had a quicker reduction in overall pain.
How long you decide to benefit from Chiropractic care is always up to you.
- A Comparison of Spinal Manipulation Methods and Usual Medical Care for Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial ; SPINE Volume 40 , Number 4 , pp 209 – 217 Michael J. Schneider, DC, PhD, Mitchell Haas, DC, Ronald M. Glick, MD,Joel M. Stevans, DC
- Eklund A, Jensen I, Lohela-Karlsson M, Hagberg J, Leboeuf-Yde C, Kongsted A, Bodin L, Axén I. The Nordic Maintenance Care program: Effectiveness of chiropractic maintenance care versus symptom-guided treatment for recurrent and persistent low back pain-A pragmatic randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2018 Sep 12;13(9):e0203029. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203029. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 30208070.