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The cost of ‘taking a break' from your spinal care

Spine Model Last time, we addressed the common question: “How long must I keep getting Chiropractic adjustments?” But then there are those patients who decide it’s time to “take a break.”

They tell us they’re busy. They’re putting in longer hours at work. It’s hockey season and the kids have to get to practice. And so forth.

We respect that. Sometimes, life does get in the way of doing what we know is best for our health.

But whenever a patient tells us this, we can’t help but feel that we have failed – failed to adequately communicate the message about the importance of achieving and maintaining good spinal health. Consider it from another angle – would you take a break from your dental care or a medication prescribed by your doctor?

In many instances, it’s not the cost of care that’s the issue. Instead, patients lose their sense of urgency. The severity of whatever brought them to our door – chronic pain, loss of mobility, reduced quality of life – has been reduced. They feel better. They can resume old activities again.

Bad habits will still have consequences

But have they changed how they live their lives?

Spinal problems arise from two primary causes – an injury (from a fall, sports, or an auto accident, for example) and lifestyle habits. Most of our patients fall into the latter category – they spend too much time at a desk job, hunched over their gadgets, or engaged in whatever other activity throws their spine out of its proper alignment.

Let’s be honest – most of our patients don’t reform these habits. Sure, they become more conscious of them and make some effort, but not enough to avoid their spinal problem from reoccurring. We work to halt further deterioration and restore proper alignment, while they continue to engage in the behaviours that contribute to the problem in the first place.

How many times have you, or someone you know, tried the latest diet or exercise fad, given up after a few months, reverted back to old habits, and ended up heavier than when you started?

Having to make up lost ground

Taking care of your spine is no different. If your habits don’t change, the issues that brought you to us will reoccur. What happens then? Well, most patients begin with two or three sessions a week, then reduce that to once a week or even once every two weeks as they progress. But if you “take a break,” by the time you return more frequent sessions may be required to get you back on track.

The consistency of your spinal maintenance is key. The more proactive and diligent you are, the less bothersome making your scheduled appointments with us will be.

Like the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That goes for your spine, too.

Call Hazeldean Family Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your appointment!

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