For instance when you go to your primary care physician for low back pain they may prescribe you a pain reliever. They then give you directions for that pain reliever such as take 200mg every 4 hours for 10 days then follow up. This pain reliever does not fix the problem just masks the symptoms.
Chiropractors thoroughly examine the patient then create a management plan for that individual to resolve their particular issue. The patient may need to get care twice a week for 4 weeks then once a week there after. This care plan is many times accompanied by specific stretches and possibly nutrition recommendations. So why do so many people quit during their care. Part of the reason seems to be many people are conditioned for quick results. When individuals take pain relievers instead of results they are getting a band-aid that tells their brain they do not feel the pain. While their actual problem continues to get worse underneath the bandaid.
So here is a scenario. Person A starts under chiropractic care after having low back pain for 5 years. Person A after two visits feel a little better. Then they have a bad episode the following week. They decide that maybe chiropractic care is not for them. They go back to taking pain pills that don’t solve the issue and in two years their issue gets worse so now they get back surgery. Their range of motion is limited forever now, with about half the pain from before.
Person B also has low back pain and decides to get care. They eventually understand that it took months or years for their spine and body to get out of alignment. He/she also understands that it will take time to get better. During their bad pain episodes they continue their care. During their 4 weeks of care their pain and range of motion continue to improve. They are able to enjoy a better quality of life even being able to lift up their child with no pain. They continue care once a week then twice a month for maintenance so their body can continue to function at its optimal state. Which person would you rather be?