How Often Do I Need a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Spinal adjustments help with a range of symptoms, such as sciatica, lower back pain, headaches, and neck pain. One of the most common questions that patients in Edmonton, AB, have about spinal adjustment treatments is how often they are needed. The answer depends on the individualized treatment plan that is developed by Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Work

Chiropractic adjustments aim to realign your spine to relieve pressure on the nerves. It would be ideal if your spine only needed one adjustment, but the human body doesn’t always respond that quickly. Your spine is held in alignment by muscles and connective tissues that may be weak or tight. Each time you have an adjustment, you are re-training these areas to hold your spine in alignment. This can take some time.

Chiropractic Treatment Plans

Chiropractic treatment plans vary by patient. The typical initial course of treatment is one to three months. Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook may recommend up to three adjustments per week for the first 14 days, followed by one to two adjustments per week for the next one to two months. After that, many patients in Edmonton, AB, may require spinal adjustment treatments every one to four weeks, depending on the severity of their condition and how their body has responded to care.

Chiropractic Adjustment Appointments

Having several chiropractic adjustments per week may seem like a lot to manage in your schedule, but the appointments are fairly short. The initial adjustments only take 15 to 30 minutes. Once your spinal alignment is relatively stable, the adjustments only take about five minutes.

Is There Downtime After a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Downtime is not required after your chiropractic adjustment. You can resume your day after the appointment. Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook may recommend exercises and stretches to do at home to strengthen the muscles and maintain flexibility in your spine.

A spinal adjustment from a qualified Edmonton, AB, chiropractor may help with your neck and back pain. Call Castledowns Chiropractic today at (780) 457-3621 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Oviatt or Dr. Martinook at our Edmonton, AB, office.


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