Thomas Fish, D.C.
Myth buster: "Once you go to a chiropractor, you will always have to go."
Obviously, no one can “make you” do anything you don’t want to do; maybe a better way to phrase the statement above would be, “Will a chiropractor take advantage of me and subject me to unnecessary treatment?”
The answer is “no”— any ethical chiropractor would certainly not treat you any more than he/she feels is required for optimal health. In fact, the phases of chiropractic treatment are no different than that which you would expect when you are sick, and seek the assistance of a physician.
Take a look at the similarities:
Patient is in pain; chiropractor provides adjustment.
Patient is sick; physician prescribes medicine.
Chiropractor provides follow up treatment or treatments, depending upon how the client is responding to treatment.
Doctor performs follow up visit or visits, depending upon how the patient is responding to treatment.
To make sure that the misalignment of the body has not occurred again, and to eliminate the chances of it recurring, the chiropractor will advise that a patient have periodic adjustments, at intervals that depend upon the patient and condition that they had originally experienced. This will optimize the overall health of the patient and eliminate pain from recurring.
To make sure no medical condition has arisen, even though no symptoms may appear, physicians advise patients to have routine physicals.
So it all boils down to how healthy and pain free you wish your life to be; it is ultimately up to you.