I get asked all the time, “was that the same adjustment as last time” or “do you adjust the same bones every time.” For many of you, the answer is yes. Especially if you have subluxation and/or degeneration that has been present for a while. Many of the spinal problems I see are a result of years and years of stress. So if it has taken years to become an issue, it would make sense that it’s gonna take some time and energy adjusting the same areas to correct the subluxation (see informative article “What is Subluxation“).
Why We May Adjust The Same Each Time
To use an example, let’s say you have really small biceps. I mean they are puny-looking and weak and you can barely lift your spoon to feed yourself. So now you’ve decided you want really big biceps. Although some accessory muscle work will definitely be helpful here, if you want really large, strong biceps you’d go to the gym and work out what muscle? That’s right. The biceps. And not just once. You have to go repeatedly and work them out over and over if you want to see results.
Well, getting adjusted is the same thing. Let’s say your have neck pain. We find several bones in your neck are not moving correctly and x-ray shows decreased disc space and degeneration. Well, if you want your neck pain to go away (and stay away) we have to work on the problem. So we adjust the same places over and over. Eventually we’ll get motion back and your body will start to hold adjustments better. This is assuming you are diligent with your home care (but that’s another blog post)!
The Role of Stress
Another factor to consider is stress. There are 3 main types of stress:
Each of us react to stress in a different way. Some of these stresses we can control and some we can’t. Sometimes we can minimize our bodies response to these stresses and sometimes it just happens the way it’s gonna happen.
Preventing The Cause
Imagine you sit at a desk all day long without ever getting up. Years of this has created subluxations and degeneration in your low back that has become very painful. Well, if all that sitting caused those bones in your low back to move out of their proper place shouldn’t we change that behavior? If you come in for your adjustment and then go to work and sit for 10 hours straight then you better believe we are gonna be adjusting that same thing over and over again. Maybe forever! It’s similar to taking an Aspirin for a headache and then banging your head against a brick wall. Duh!?
Healing is different for every person. We may find that in just a few short weeks we are adjusting a different area each time you come in. Or, we may adjust that same pesky bone 3 times a week for 3 months. In each case, though, we closely monitor your progress and educate you on at home care to help the healing process.