Each patient is unique, and as such, each patient responds to treatment in their own unique way. Some patients respond to treatment quickly and are better after just a few visits, while others take longer to improve. Typically, the longer a problem has existed, the more difficult it is to resolve, whereas new injuries and complaints that receive treatment in a timely manner tend to clear up much quicker. It is important to note that although you may feel better after only a few treatments, in order to maintain the gains achieved, continued treatments may be necessary. These usually decrease in frequency as the treatment plan progresses and are designed to ensure lasting relief is attained, while also helping to prevent future flare ups or recurrences. Ultimately, however, the amount of treatment a patient receives is entirely their choice.
Between treatments, patients can help themselves by practicing good lifestyle habits. Home stretching and strengthening exercise programs, healthy eating, adequate water intake, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and postural awareness all play a vital role in pain free living.
Are adjusments painful? What about Acupuncture treatments?
Occasionally, minor discomfort may be experienced if the area to be treated is inflamed or irritated. Surrounding muscle spasms and/or tensing up by the patient during the chiropractic procedure can also contribute to this discomfort. However, any minor exacerbation of symptoms are temporary, and they typically clear up within a few hours.
Acupuncture is designed to be a relaxing experience, not a tortuous one. The majority of patients do not feel any pain during treatment. However, patients may occasionally feel a brief, slight pinprick sensation upon needle insertion. Once the needles are inserted, patients tend to feel very relaxed and often fall asleep.
Ultimately, each patient is in control of their own treatment plan. The chiropractor's job to to design a plan of action, however the patient's consent is always required before treatment can commence. Furthermore, once consent has been given, it may be rescinded at any point should the patient choose to do so.
Should a patient choose to continue proceed with treatment, there are several types of treatment frequencies they may choose from:
Relief Care – This is where most patients begin. The main focus is on addressing whatever injury, condition, or complaint that has prompted you to seek treatment.
Corrective Care – Once the major symptoms have improved, treatments are continued in order to strengthen and retrain muscles and soft tissues, thus creating lasting improvements.
Maintenance/Preventative Care – Like a regular car tune up, periodic treatments, with or without the presence of obvious symptoms or at the first subtle sign of dysfunction, are intended to help avoid the recurrance of a past complaint. The idea here is to stop a problem before it becomes one.
Wellness Care – With the visit frequency dictated by the unique stresses and health goals of each individual, wellness care is designed to help you achieve your maximum potential.
Most health insurance plans cover chiropractic care under their "Extended Health Benefits" option. Furthermore, some companies allow for direct billing for treatment - Green Shield, Great West Life, and Sun Life to name a few - simplifying your visit to the clinic. It is recommended, however, that each patient contact their insurance company to dertime the exact details of their coverage.