Maintenance care has traditionally been defined as continued care beyond the point where clinical improvement can reasonably be expected. For chiropractors, this means regularly scheduled visits that are aimed to “keep the patient going” or “prevent new issues”. Many doctors will recommend visits at a frequency of 1-2 times per month as preventative measures.
A clinical study by the Center for Disability Research at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety looked at 894 case of workers with low back injuries. After a year of following these cases, they concluded that “The lowest incidence of repeat injury was found among those workers who had received chiropractic maintenance care.” The study also concluded that traditional/standard medical treatment offered the least benefit over the same time period. The Research Institute for Safety isn’t alone- in 2017 The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed changes to its blueprint on treating pain. The FDA guidelines now recommend that doctors and other health care providers get information about chiropractic care and acupuncture as alternative therapies to prescription opioids.
At Integrated Health Solutions, our first priority is always reaching maximum clinical benefit, and that means something different to everyone. But to say that a person cannot improve their condition, optimize their health and reduce, if not eliminate, dysfunction after a set period disregards the power of the human spirit all together. Most of the issues we see in our office are chronic and occurred over long periods of time, so it is only natural that it takes time to resolve them. The body is constantly evolving and as people continue to juggle the positive aspects of health (exercise, sleep, diet) with the constant demands of life (posture, stress, toxins) it makes since to have professional helping guide you in the right direction and to help optimize your well-being.
Content provided by Dr. Drew Hunt