One of the biggest concerns of people considering chiropractic care is that they’ll have to continue seeing a chiropractor for their entire lives. It is true that chiropractors recommend remaining under chiropractic care long-term, even after any pain, illness, or other health concerns have gone away. This recommendation is purely proactive—maintaining good spinal health will keep your body functioning at its best and will minimize the occurrence of injuries or disease in the future. Regular chiropractic care will also help you heal faster should you face an unexpected health concern or injury.

Dr. Grant at Greater Life Chiropractic generally starts practice members with a one-year care plan, typically starting with more frequent visits and eventually tapering off to fewer visits. This is because healing takes time and repetition. When your spine is misaligned, your muscles on either side of the misalignment compensate by stretching or compressing. When your spine is moved back into proper alignment with a chiropractic adjustment, the muscles are now forced into different lengths than what they are used to, and they will generally not hold the adjustment for too long because they revert to their former position and length. But when you receive regular and consistent chiropractic adjustments, not only is your body able to heal and function better, but the muscles around your spine are being retrained to keep your vertebrae in the proper positioning, which leads to you holding your adjustments longer. As your body progresses in healing and can hold the chiropractic adjustments longer, the less frequently you will need to visit Dr. Grant.

Problems Didn’t Arise Overnight—Don’t Expect Them to Be Resolved in a Day

Let’s say you’re a 40-year-old man with chronic headaches and moderate IBS. You come into Greater Life Chiropractic and ask Dr. Grant how long it will take for your symptoms and health concerns to go away. Of course, he tells you that everyone is different and there’s really no way to tell how long it will take for you to start noticing improvements in your day-to-day health. You’re frustrated because you wanted an immediate fix and a complete resolution of your symptoms that day.

But here’s the thing… your chronic headaches didn’t arise in one day. Your IBS didn’t just start one morning out of the blue. While you may have been in a car accident or had another trauma that initiated the onset of these issues, your body structure is used to these issues and they have been present for a while. Because these symptoms and problems didn’t come about in just one day, you can’t realistically expect them to be resolved in one day and with one chiropractic adjustment. Healing takes time and repetition, and staying proactive about your health and maintaining your spinal health are hugely important factors in getting and staying healthy long-term.

Time & Repetition Is All About Correction, Wellness, & Maintenance

Think about your car for a minute. You don’t just buy a car, drive it off the lot, and hope for the best until a problem arises. You get the oil changed, you put gas in it, and you replace filters. You get your tires rotated, you correct minor wheel alignment issues, and you top off power steering fluid as needed. You would never expect an immediate fix for a mechanical problem with your car, and you would never expect your car to work perfectly for 20 years if you never did any maintenance on it.

Your body is the same way. You need to be proactive about your health, and that means allowing time for problems to be corrected, improving wellness, and maintaining your health and body function. Charlotte chiropractic care with Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic is the best way to maintain your health, and with time and repetition of neurologically-based, scientific chiropractic adjustments, you’ll be on the road to better health in no time.

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Maltby, J.K., Harrison, D.D., Harrison, D.E., Betz, J.W., Ferrantelli, J.R., Clum, G.W. “Frequency and Duration of Chiropractic Care for Headaches, Neck, and Upper Back Pain.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Aug 2008.