How Often Should I Schedule Chiropractic Appointments? Understanding the Three Stages of Care and the Importance of Maintenance


Hello, I’m Dr Nick Grier, Head Chiropractor at Birmingham Chiropractic. One of the most common questions we receive is about the frequency of chiropractic visits. Understanding how often you should see a chiropractor can help you maintain optimal health. Let’s delve into the three stages of chiropractic care and highlight the importance of maintenance.

Stage 1: Initial Intensive Care

What It Is: Initial Intensive Care is the first stage of chiropractic treatment aimed at addressing acute symptoms and providing immediate relief. This phase is typically characterised by frequent visits.


  • Acute Phase: For patients experiencing significant pain or discomfort, visits may be required multiple times a week.
  • Objective: The primary goal is to reduce pain, inflammation, and other acute symptoms.

Why It Matters:
Frequent adjustments help alleviate pain quickly and start the healing process. This stage sets the foundation for long-term recovery by addressing the root cause of symptoms rather than just masking them.

Stage 2: Corrective Care

What It Is: Corrective Care focuses on the healing and rehabilitation of the body. After the acute symptoms are managed, the aim shifts towards correcting the underlying issues that caused the problem.


  • Subacute Phase: Visits typically reduce to once or twice a week, depending on the patient’s progress and specific needs.
  • Objective: This phase aims to correct spinal misalignments, improve posture, and enhance joint function.

Why It Matters:
During this stage, the body undergoes significant healing. Consistent care helps ensure that the improvements are sustained and that the body is correctly realigned. This phase is crucial for preventing recurrence of symptoms.

Stage 3: Maintenance Care

What It Is: Maintenance Care, also known as Wellness Care, is the ongoing phase that continues after the corrective care phase. The focus is on maintaining the health gains achieved and preventing future issues.


  • Wellness Phase: Visits are typically scheduled once a month, but this can vary based on individual needs and lifestyle factors.
  • Objective: To maintain spinal health, prevent new issues, and support overall wellness.

Why It Matters:
Just like regular dental check-ups or car maintenance, regular chiropractic visits ensure that your spine and nervous system remain in optimal condition. Maintenance care helps to catch and correct small issues before they become significant problems, ensuring long-term health and well-being.

Importance of Maintenance Care

Preventative Health: Regular chiropractic visits can prevent minor issues from becoming major health problems. Maintenance care helps to identify and address small misalignments or stressors before they lead to more significant discomfort or injury.

Overall Wellness: Chiropractic care supports overall wellness by promoting a healthy spine and nervous system. This can improve your body’s ability to heal itself, boost your immune system, and enhance your quality of life.

Enhanced Quality of Life: Patients who engage in regular maintenance care often report better posture, reduced pain levels, improved mobility, and a higher overall quality of life. It’s an investment in your long-term health and wellbeing.


Understanding the three stages of chiropractic care—initial Intensive Care, Corrective Care, and Maintenance Care—can help you manage your health more effectively. Each stage plays a critical role in your journey towards optimal health, with Maintenance Care being essential for long-term wellness. Visit us at Birmingham Chiropractic for personalised advice and to create a care plan tailored to your needs.

By following a structured care plan, you can ensure that your spine remains healthy, your body functions optimally, and you enjoy a better quality of life. Is it time to book your next appointment? Call 0121 4214466.

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