Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh of Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA produced the video below to accompany this post.
When our bodies are imbalanced, whether it be our shoulders, low back, knees even our ankles, our bodies become misaligned or subluxated. We think this happens overnight and when we want to fix it. We think we can fix it very easily, but there is more to it than meets the eye.
To tackle this problem we need to look at people's faces. Click on the video below to see what I mean or look at the face above. Look at the frown on this lady. Certainly that frown did not create those wrinkles overnight. Those muscles in her forehead, they worked hard for many years to express emotion, to express a lot of different expressions to create this frown. There are ways to paralyze those muscles and the wrinkles goes away but when the affects of paralyzing the muscles with botox disappear, the frown will come back. In the same way we have examined the muscles in the face, we will examine the muscles in the spine, in our neck and low back. The video below has a full illustration.
By sleeping and working in a bad position, we create misalignments called subluxations and the muscles around the spine become imbalanced. Over the years these muscles create spinal distortions. The spine will bend, as you can see in the video. The muscles take a different shape and will educate themselves to be in one position. The muscles between the vertebra contract unevenly. Over the years, the muscle programs itself to be stuck in one position. Even if we adjust that vertebra out of its bad position, the muscle will pull it back because over the years it has been used to being in one position. Only after several adjustments will the body finally let go of the muscle so that it will re-educate itself.
To answer your question, if you are going to a chiropractic office and you are only going because you have pain such as back pain, headache, or any other discomfort and that is your motive for going to your chiropractor then the answers is obvious. As long as the pain is there you want to continue treatment. Chiropractors are good at treating and managing pain, and when the pain goes away you go away. If that's all you want, there is nothing wrong with that. We love to serve you in this way. You can even come back a couple of more times just to prevent the pain from coming back.
If you are going to your chiropractor for more fundamental changes, like a straighter posture or wanting to get rid of the misalignments that interfere with the communication between your brain and your organs and the coordination of all your organs then you might consider going with a mid to long term plan. Let me give you an analogy. Imagine you go to the gym because you want to build six-pack abs. If you go once a week, do you think you will have built a six-pack? Absolutely not. You need to go at least three times a week to see any kind of difference. The consistence and frequency with which you go to the gym determines how effectively you can educate your muscles.
We can learn from babies. They repeat something until they master it. When they start walking, they practice as much as they are allowed until they master it. They pronounce words over and over again, even if they mispronounce them until they can talk. The same way, you need to go to the chiropractor until your spine is completely straight and completely balanced and your muscles are completely re-educated.