WHAT FACTORS CHANGE HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT TO WORK?
When wanting to know how long it will take for chiro treatment to help, there are a number of different factors we need to consider:
- What is injured? Different tissues such as muscles, joints, discs, ligaments, tendons, bursae and nerves can all respond to treatment differently. Some may settle down quickly, others may take time to improve.
- How bad or severe is the pain or injury? More painful or significant injuries may take longer to improve or resolved with chiropractic treatment.
- How long has it been present for? Issues that have been present for many years will typically take a longer for treatment to work.
- What external factors are involved? Many things can further aggravate injuries and delay healing such as work postures or positions, high stress levels, excessive inflammation and poor sleep.
HOW LONG BEFORE CHiroPRACTIC TREATMENT WORKS FOR NEW OR RECENT ISSUES?
Depending on the cause or pain and severity of the problem, patients will often notice some improvement in pain or symptoms with a shorter amount of sessions and time for newer issues.
While it takes time for chiro treatment to fully work and resolve new or acute problems, most patients should notice some improvements within 2-3 treatments.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO NOTICE CHANGES WITH TREATMENT FOR LONG TERM OR CHRONIC ISSUES?
Long term issues and chronic pain can be stubborn to treatment. Depending on the nature of the injury, how long it has been present for and what external factors are involved, it will typically take longer for treatment to work in these cases.
For longer term of chronic injuries, most people will notice initial improvements in between 4-6 sessions. It is important to understand that managing chronic problem can sometimes be a lengthy process, as different tissues can become sensitised over time and there is often many different factors involved.
HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF TREATMENT
While it is our job to try and get improvements in symptoms as quickly as possible, you also play an important role in helping treatment to work. There are a variety of things you can do to help get the most out of your treatment.
- Follow the plan: after a thorough consultation and assessment your chiropractor will discuss your issue and recommend a treatment plan designed the achieve results in a timely manner. The closer you are able to follow the recommendations the quicker treatment will work
- Consistency with rehab exercises: generally you will receive some form of home rehab exercises to do. Sticking to these and being persistent will help