Once you start going to a chiropractor you can’t stop
If you are seeing a chiropractor or have mentioned you are considering it to a friend you may have heard this little lie, “once you start going to a chiropractor you can’t stop”.
This misconception may be because many people who start going to a chiropractor do in fact continue to go even after their initial care phase is finished. This isn’t because they have to but because they choose to. The reality is that with any health choice it takes sustained effort to maintain results. Think about it, if you have a terrible diet of lots of takeaway food and soft drinks which has caused weight gain and you clean up your diet and lose the weight, do you think you will keep the weight off if you return to your old habits? Of course this would be foolish to think!
The same is true with spinal health and strength; if you start utilising chiropractic, postural awareness and exercise to improve your strength and pain, going back to your old habits will most likely get you back to the same place that you started with.
For those who want a bit of research about this topic click the link below to s study performed in 2011 that demonstrated better pain and disability outcomes with ongoing “maintenance” care (fortnightly chiropractic adjustments) compared to those who only received an initial care phase of one month.
So the truth to the myth that “once you start chiropractic you can’t stop” is that once you start chiropractic you can CHOOSE to continue reaping the benefits of a stronger, more mobile and coordinated spine or you can CHOOSE not to. As with most things in life, the outcome is down to the choices you consistently make!
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