How Chiropractic Works
Dr. Jon Zeagler
a chiropractor, people ask me all the time, "So how does
chiropractic actually work?"
And after working with hundreds of patients and studying
healing for over 10 years, I can pretty much sum it up
with two wordsÖ
Time & Repetition.
When your body is injured or unhealthy, it takes time
and repetition to restore your health. This is the
magical formula you are looking for. You CANNOT avoid
or cheat this formula.
You want to get out of pain? Time and repetition will
get you there.
You want to be healthier? Time and repetition will get
Here are some examples outside of chiropractic care to
show you how this works.
Letís say you decide to get braces on your teeth. Will
your teeth get straight one month after the braces are
put on? No. You wouldnít expect that. Straightening
teeth is a process that takes a couple years. And
during those couple years, you will visit the
orthodontist each month (repetition) so that they can
make the adjustments to your braces to accomplish the
How about exercise? Can you get in shape in a week?
How about a month? Can you get in shape by not working
out? If you want to
"get in shape," I think you'd agree that you would have to
exercise 3 to 4 times a week for several weeks. If you
go to the gym one time and have a great workout, it may make
you feel good that day, but that doesn't mean you are "in
shape." Getting in shape
is a process that takes time and repetition.
Here's another example.
Letís say you get a bacterial infection and get
antibiotics to heal your infection. Do 3 pills in one
day remove the infection? No, you usually have to take
3 pills a day for 2 weeks. If my math is correct,
thatís 42 repetitions over 14 days. That's time and
So why do people come into my office and expect
chiropractic care to get them better in only one or two
adjustments or one or two weeks? I donít know, but itís
an unrealistic expectation. Chiropractic care is no
different than any of the examples I just gave you.
Most people starting out need several adjustments a week
(repetition) for several weeks (time). This is how the
body heals. This is how health is restored. And once
youíve restored your health, the smart thing to do is
keep yourself healthy by having an adjustment every
month, because I think youíll agree that ignoring and
not taking care of your body isnít the best idea for
long term health and wellness :-)
Just remember, healing is a PROCESS that takes time. It
is a PROCESS that requires you to repetitively do
positive things for your body.
Whether itís getting chiropractic care, brushing your
teeth, exercising, or eating healthy foods, the formula
for success is still the same.
Itís time and repetition.
Have a great day!
Dr. Jon Zeagler, D.C.
Trinity Chiropractic Clinic