Chiropractic Maintenance: If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It, Maintain It!
Posted by Marietta chiropractor on September 22, 2010
One of the most misunderstood and misused concepts in healthcare is that of “chiropractic maintenance”. Let me explain.
Some folks go to the chiropractor because their back went out or their in some sort of pain. And because chiropractic adjustments are so effective in taking pressure off nerves that cause pain, symptoms clear up pretty quickly. Well, relatively quickly depending on how long symptoms have been apparent. This usually takes a few weeks to a month. Most folks that use chiropractic care simply for pain relief end up coming back sooner than later because the problem was not fully corrected before they stopped care.
And then, some folks go to the chiropractor not only to get rid of the pain but to do what they can to keep the pain from coming back. This process can usually take anywhere from 3-6 months. There’s a good chance in some cases that the pain never returns and the person thinks everything is OK. And as long as the symptoms don’t return neither does the patient. And, as long as symptom relief and prevention is concerned that’s probably a reasonable outcome. Most chiropractors that accept insurance would probably say that is perfectly fine. It’s great (sort of) for everyone. Patient knows where they can go for relief and the chiropractor always has a source of insurance reimbursement.
But then, there’s maintenance care. Some folks look at maintenance care as a preventive measure to keep that serious problem from coming back. And, you know what? It IS great for that. But, maintenance care always presents a problem. Insurance doesn’t pay for it and Americans expect to use their insurance if they have it. Many times, patient and chiropractor alike tell little white lies to the insurance carrier so that their patient can continue their maintenance. Ongoing care is GOOD. But, having patient and doctor lie to have insurance pay for it is NOT good.
There’s a bigger reason why chiropractic maintenance is a good idea. In fact, I think “chiropractic maintenance” is a better idea than crisis or corrective care. While some view “maintenance” as a preventive measure, that’s only a small part of the benefit that “maintenance” affords you.
The best comparison I can think of is your car. Just about everyone maintains their car at some level or another. We know to change the oil every 3-5000 miles, to rotate the tires on a regular basis, to have the front-end aligned, to check the radiator, the transmission fluid and so on. Obviously, doing these things will help prevent breakdowns and maybe even accidents. But what routine maintenance on your car REALLY does for you is to give you peace of mind. Not only do you have the comfort of knowing your car is safer to drive it’s also less likely to have a breakdown. You know that now your car will now run better. And because it runs better and you worry less, you can enjoy driving and focus on those other things that make your life better.
Ongoing chiropractic “maintenance” care does that same thing for your body and your life. As you and your chiropractor keep stress off your nerve system, your body functions better and helps prevent all sorts of problems in the future. It also helps you be better able to handle future stresses. In short, “chiropractic maintenance” will make every aspect of your life more effective and enjoyable.
Oh, here’s another great reason to choose ongoing “chiropractic maintenance” care. It’s cheaper. Just like a regular oil change is cheaper than replacing a burnt out engine, regular wellness visits take only a few minutes while the benefits pile up. One of the aspects of my practice that I really enjoy is that folks come in smiling and leave smiling. And because you pay monthly or yearly, you never have to deal with the hassle of insurance, copays and collections.
So, regardless of your health situation, whether sick and hurting or a finely tuned athlete, I encourage you to seek out a chiropractor who specializes in “maintenance” or wellness care. Heck, you can even qualify them by looking for someone who doesn’t even take insurance. Good luck in enjoying your new worry free body and lifestyle!