Many people go to a chiropractor because they're in pain. In the acute/pain relief phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your pain and symptoms. This phase of care usually involves two to three visits a week for 3-4 weeks and sometimes could be longer depending on the severity of a patient's condition.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them and that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of one's health. When a condition is developing over a period of time, pain is usually the last symptom to appear. For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first initially develops or after it's become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you're talking about tooth cavities, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains that needs to be addressed after the relief of your pain.