Typically, most visits to the chiropractor are pain related. Lower back pain, neck pain, and tension headaches are among the most common reasons for seeking chiropractic care. Sometimes the pain is more intense. Migraines, fibromyalgia, and chronic back pain are also additional causes for seeking this alternative health option. In many cases, patients find that the pain begins to improve drastically—even in as little as five visits.
While pain-related visits are more than understandable, most people do not consider the benefits of long-term chiropractic care. There is an assumption that once the pain is resolved, there is no need for further treatment of this alternative health care option. However, there are many benefits of long-term chiropractic care. These include retaining a higher level of lung capacity (breathing), visual acuteness, reaction time, balance, and cardiovascular health. Because the spine is intricately connected to all your spinal nerves, every major organ system in your body is influenced by your spinal health. Consistently maintaining your spinal health will impact your overall health in a positive way.
Still not convinced? Consider this concept. Just as you visit a dentist regularly to maintain good oral hygiene or an optometrist to ensure good visual health, chiropractic visits should also be in this category. Our spines, just like our teeth and eyes, face daily wear and tear, and over time need to be realigned. In the same way that a car needs an oil change, alignment, and inspection on a regular basis our bodies need consistent care. Maintenance is the key to having good overall health. If you have not already, consider promising yourself not only to resolve the pain, but make a long-term commitment to your spinal health.
Dr. David Ingram
Nova Health and Wellness, Centreville, VA