Long-Term Chiropractic Care at Our Manhattan KS Clinic
When you imagine chiropractic treatment, you may envision a patient going in for a one-time correction to a neck, back, or extremity misalignment. But while even a single session of chiropractic adjustment can indeed do a world of good for acute alignment issues or injuries, long-term chiropractic care can even an even broader range of benefits.
Many of our patients seek, not just a one-time fix, but a lifetime of wellness -- and we're more than happy to oblige. Here at Nichols Chiropractic in Manhattan KS, we can provide you and your loved ones with long-term strategies for maintaining optimal health, comfort, and function.
Short-Term Treatment vs. Long-Term Treatment
How do we define short-term and long-term chiropractic care? A short-term treatment plan may consist of just a few sessions over a period lasting up to 3 weeks total. Long-term chiropractic care is generally considered to be any plan that continues for 4 weeks or longer. The attractiveness of short-term chiropractic care is obvious enough if it allows you to resolve a painful musculoskeletal problem quickly and efficiently with a few office visits as possible.
But short-term chiropractic care may not be sufficient to provide long-term results. For example, if a joint has fallen out of alignment because it is unstable, or because muscles and connective tissues have gradually pulled it out of position, multiple adjustments may be needed over an extended period of time to reinforce the corrections we're making. This process establishes the "new normal" for that part of the body so the misalignment won't keep reoccurring. Other techniques such as massage therapy, ART, and iTrac therapy may also be prescribed as parts of your treatment plan.
Long-Term Chiropractic Care Scenarios
Long-term chiropractic care can prove invaluable for addressing your individual health, wellness, and rehabilitation and pain management goals. We may prescribe a long-term program for situations such as:
- Chronic pain management - Chronic pain conditions cannot be cured, but they can be managed through ongoing treatment. Chiropractic care can be highly effective at reducing and controlling pain related to osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and even systemic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia -- without forcing you to take large amounts of dangerous painkillers.
- Prenatal and pediatric care - Chiropractic care can provide great comfort over the nine months of pregnancy by relieving nerve compression and alignment problems. In the third trimester, it can even help your body prepare for a safer delivery. Children can benefit from periodic chiropractic screenings and adjustments throughout their growing years.
- Maintenance care - If you're currently healthy, long-term chiropractic care can help you stay that way. Regular exams and incremental "maintenance" adjustments can help ensure that your joints and nervous system are always functioning correctly.
Take the Long View toward a Healthier Life
If you're interested in the long-term quality of life, long-term chiropractic care might be just what the ordered. Call 785-537-2211 to learn more!