Thumbs Up to Relief
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in acute pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms and get you back to functioning fully. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time. Most patients will note some amount of relief after just a couple of visits.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has been present for quite some time.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains. For this reason, your Fort Bragg Chiropractor may recommend that you continue care for a couple of visits after you are free of pain. Discontinuing care too quickly, without resolving the cause of the pain, may allow the pain to return.