The short answer is yes, but let’s delve deeper into why regular chiropractic care to provide spinal maintenance is good for overall health and well-being.
You’ve heard the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This proves true when it comes to spinal health as well. Just like you don’t need to wait until you are sick to head to the doctor for a physical, you don’t have to be in pain or feel a misalignment before scheduling a chiropractic appointment.
How Regular Should Regular Spinal Care Be?
If you are suffering from an injury or long-time misalignment, you may require weekly visits or even several visits per week until the issue is corrected. However, many patients choose to have the spine checked and adjusted periodically, even when feeling good. Think of a person who gets braces. Even after his or her teeth are aligned properly, a retainer provides proper maintenance so misalignments don’t return. You can think of these maintenance visits as a retainer for your back.
If you know your body well, you may have a specific amount of time you feel you can wait between visits. For most people, a monthly checkup is a good idea. Why so often? Consider some of the things we do every day that can affect spinal alignment and health.
Normal Activities That Lead to Misalignments
Do you find yourself in one of these two scenarios? Though they are very different, both can lead to spinal misalignments:
- You sit in the car on your long commute. Then you sit in your office all day. After the long commute home, all you have the energy to do is watch a little TV before bed. Your spine is constantly under pressure from sitting, checking mobile devices, and looking down at monitors. Plus, you are subject to possible repetitive motion injuries.
- You love to be active. You’re always on the go, and you push your body to the limits. Whether it is cross-fit, weight training, or rock climbing, you’re up for anything. Unfortunately, you’re also exposed to a lot of potential injuries and repetitive motion strains.
Preventative Medicine Is the Best Medicine
Why wait until you are in pain to start taking care of your spine? Most misalignments exist for months or even years before they cause pain. A regular chiropractic adjustment can help you to stay ahead of the pain rather than having to combat it. Call Dr. Ward today at (703) 672-1661 to schedule an appointment, and don’t forget to read our blog for more tips on how to maintain your spine health.