Chiropractic care is increasingly popular as a viable alternative to invasive surgery or heavy-duty painkillers. More and more seek pain and injury treatment that is natural and gentle on the body. And while a lot more patients are seeking this non-invasive care, some may overdo it.
It is true that patients in acute pain or in recovery from serious injuries must see a chiropractor many times per week at the start of their treatment. This is gradually reduced to a few times per month after healing begins and even fewer treatments as the patient gets better.
So how much is too much? That’s what we’re here to divulge; how you can know when enough is enough.
Chiropractic Care & How it Works
Manipulation of the spine and joints lies at the heart of general chiropractic care. Many have seen the techniques demonstrated or seen them performed on film. But there is a solid, proven reason for these methods.
The spine is the central location for all nerves flowing through the body out to the limbs and extremities. When the spine is out of proper alignment, this can cause pressure on nerves, which in turn creates physical problems, pain, and lessened mobility. By realigning the spine, the chiropractor returns it to its natural state, allowing the body to access its natural healing capabilities.
Can You See a Chiropractor Too Much?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether or not you can go to the chiropractor too much. It depends very much on your overall condition, your symptoms, your age, and how your body accepts the treatment.
For most people, chiropractic treatment is a pleasant, effective way to get pain relief and regain mobility. But in some cases, a patient’s body isn’t receptive and can develop unwanted side effects. In these cases, patients should speak with their chiropractor about their treatment plan so changes or other supplemental treatments can be prescribed. If you experience increased pain, numbness, or swelling, you should stop treatment and see your doctor. There may be other ailments that need attention.
What Are the Risks of Too Much Chiropractic Care?
Although there aren’t many, there are a few risks involved with over-treatment. Those can be:
- Injury to the spine from too much force
- Worsening of symptoms
- Addiction to the pain alleviation
What Are the Signs of Too Many Treatments?
If you are receiving chiropractic care and develop any of the reactions below, speak with your chiropractor immediately:
- Increased pain, chills, fever, nausea or throwing up, swelling, severe headaches, stiff joints, fatigue, weakness, numbness, tingling
If you experience any of these signs, you should consult with a doctor.
What Determines the Number of Chiropractic Treatments Needed?
- The severity of your condition, your physical health, your age, and your body’s reaction to chiropractic care
Over-Treatment & How to Avoid It
There are a few things that you can do to avoid over-treatment, the most critical being to find a chiropractor who comes highly recommended and has a lot of experience. Ask your primary care doctor for a referral and do some research on the doctors recommended by family and friends.
Once you have found a chiropractor you like, be completely forthright about your current health, lifestyle, diet, and symptoms. During the course of your treatments, tell the chiropractor if you experience any adverse reactions as much as you tell them about your improvements.
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat a variety of pain and joint issues. Just be aware that overtreatment has its risks and know how to spot the signs of it.
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Ready to get back to your life? Dominguez Injury Centers is here to help.
Our targeted injury treatment administered by licensed injury specialists can get you back to enjoying life quickly and without surgery. Chiropractic care is a viable way to avoid the risk of addiction to prescription painkillers, as well as the surgeon’s knife.
We see firsthand how debilitating an injury can be for our patients. Our compassionate care is second to none. Our mission is to see you live your best life after your treatment plan is complete.
We also understand that you may be concerned about over-treatment. We are committed to providing safe and effective care. We will never recommend any treatment that is not crucial to your improvement. If, during the course of your treatment, you discover difficulties or have an adverse reaction, we’ll reassess and adjust your plan to suit your unique situation.
If you are looking for relief from pain, contact Dominguez Injury Centers today. We are here to help you get back to your life.
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