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Is it necessary to see a chiropractor 3 times a week?

I am a 34 year old female. I wonder if it is necessary to see a chiropractor 3 times a week?

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If the doctor is trying to help you heal, that frequency is meant for you to get better as fast as possible. The language of the brain is repetition. Getting treatments more frequently help you to make changes in your body faster than if you went 1-2x a month. It’s similar to getting in shape in the gym. Do you get in better shape going 2-3x/week for 20min or 1x a month for 4hrs?
It depends on what is going on. If you have an acute injury, than this is a very normal initial treatment schedule.
It depends on the seriousness of the problem or injury as to whether you need to see a chiropractor 3 times a week. In my office I do a history as to the cause of the problem and exam my patient before determining the visit frequency of office visits. If someone has an accident or injury such a a motor vehicle it may be necessary to treat 3 times a week. In my office at Lafayette Hilltop Chiropractic, part of my treatment includes massage along with other modalities depending on the severity of the problem.

My office is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and sometimes Sundays and closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call my office at 973-579-1608 and ask to see Dr Mary Jean Negri.
It depends on the extent of injury you are dealing with. Injuries like car accidents with whiplash or disc injuries of the spine causing sciatica require frequent visits initially to quickly get changes to pain levels. Simple strains and muscle tension don’t need that type of care. Some chiropractors have specific protocols that they use that require all of their patients to start at 3X/week. Whether it’s necessary or not is a matter of the individual chiropractor. Personally speaking, I have seldom seen a case that requires 3X/week if that gives you any insight. Even severe cases like the ones I described above. You always need recovery time between visits to allow healing.
Hope that helps.

Vishal K. Verma, DC, CCSP

If you sustained an injury (work comp, auto accident, sports injury, low back), it would be common to initially have treatments from 2-5 times in a week. However, this should reduce as you present signs of improvement.
It depends on a number of factors: 1) how acute 2) what type of problem is it. Sometimes 3x a week is appropriate and sometimes it is not.

Mark Klezmer, DC, CCSP, CCST, FIAMA
Yes and no. Depends on the diagnosis. I’d say go with your chiropractors treatment plan. If you’re feeling better after a few visits, tell him so, then set up maintenance adjustments to continue feeling better. Ask him why you should continue care after you’re feeling better, then question him further about his experience with receiving regular adjustments himself.
Different cases will warrant different treatment frequencies. It is certainly reasonable and customary for a treating doctor of chiropractic to start a patient on a 3x per week schedule. Everything depends on your individual case and what the doctor found in his/her examination. Stick with chiropractic and you will see its benefits begin to take place.
Best of luck with your care.


Dr. Brandon Buttry
Sometimes it is for a short while. It depends on your condition
Yes, it is in the first few weeks of treatment. Most conditions of the spine develop over a long period of time and they require close repetitive treatment in the beginning to be effective. Depending on the severity of a condition treatment programs usually last 12 weeks i.e. 3 x wk. for 4 wks., 2 x wk. for 4 wks., 1 x wk. for 4 wks. After that supportive care is 1 visit every 4-6 weeks. If the patient is progressing faster than expected I will revaluate and reduce the frequency of visits. You must follow the suggested treatment program if you expect to get good results. Some patients will go for 2 or 3 visits and if they are not completely pain free they stop treatment, become disgruntled and say that chiropractic doesn't work. It didn't work because they didn't listen and follow through.

Yours in health,

Doc J
Every case is different so the answer is that it depends. In most cases, it's necessary to see a patient on a consistent basis for a period of time so as to make lasting changes. The reason is similar to why you wouldn't go to the gym just once a week or month or why you don't just take one antibiotic when you have an infection. Each just as each pill and visit builds upon the last, so it is with the chiropractic adjustment. To retrain the body to hold an adjustment or alignment, visits should be closer together for a period of time whether that is a week, several weeks or even a few months in very stubborn cases. The 2 keys to making lasting changes and for healing are time and opportunity. It's simply the way the body functions in that healing takes time. We create the opportunity by repetition and addressing the cause.
It can be or more.
Maybe initially, but after a few weeks, the office visits should be less. Since every situation is different, there are exceptions to the rule. Just have your practitioner why it is essential to have so many visits.
Sometimes this is necessary if there is an acute condition. In my opinion one visit per week is sufficient to see improvement.
It is common to have someone come in 3 or more times a week depending on what is going on. The reason being is that your spine and the muscles surrounding your spine need to be retrained into a new position that they have not held before. Similar to getting in better shape and working out. When you begin you have to go several times a week to break down and build new muscle. Then once you have gained the results you want it doesn't take as much time to maintain the results. Your spine works the same way.