Chiropractic treatment is generally divided into 3 stages acute care, corrective care, and maintenance care.  It is entirely up to the patient how far they would like to take their treatment.  Acute care focuses on pain reduction, corrective care addresses fixing structural and biomechanical dysfunction, and maintenance care acts as a preventative measure.  It is this last stage that has been misconstrued by many to mean chiropractic care requires a lifetime commitment.  The goal of maintenance care is to prevent future recurrences and the development of new problems.  It can be compared to exercise, yearly dental check-ups or a healthy diet.  It is not necessary but it helps maintain optimum health.  For this reason, after the conclusion of the acute and corrective stages of care, patients are given the OPTION to continue with maintenance care.  A lifetime commitment is not necessary to reduce pain and to fix structural and biomechanical problems. Patients who make a lifetime commitment do so by choice because they realize the benefits of regular chiropractic treatment. 

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