The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors. For instance, what condition is being treated, the general constitution of the patient, how chronic or acute the condition is, etc. Some conditions respond faster than others. Likewise, some patients respond faster than others. We can break a complete and effective course of treatments down into 3 stages:

Stage 1 – Relief Care

This is when we work to provide you with relief from pain (or whatever symptoms you’ve come in for treatment of) as quickly as possible. Treatments are kept close together so that each treatment can build off the one that preceded it. In some cases, relief is experienced quickly. In other cases, it can take a few treatments. In most cases, the biggest changes in symptoms occur between treatments 3 and 5. During this stage,symptomatic relief should be experienced and long-term healing will begin. Though complete healing of any condition takes longer than symptomatic relief and requires more than just a few treatments.

Stage 2 – Corrective Care

This is arguably the most critical stage in any treatment plan. This is the stage that yields long-term results. At the end of Stage 1, people are starting to feel better. They’ve experience relief from their symptoms, and consequently, the tendency is to feel like they no longer need treatment. However, as
mentioned above, healing takes longer than a mere handful of treatments. The risk of prematurely discontinuing treatments is that you will likely backslide and end up right back where you started. During Stage 2 of a treatment plan, we work to ensure lasting healing occurs. Symptoms are closely monitored and, as long as they remain under control, we will gradually start to space treatments out, first going to once per week, then once every 2 weeks, then 3 weeks, 4 weeks, etc.

Stage 3 – Maintenance Care:

This stage of treatment isn’t needed in all cases. For instance, if a sprained
ankle, this is unlikely to happen again, so once you are back to 100%, continued treatment for the ankle should be unnecessary. However, maintenance it is strongly recommended in cases where lifestyle or work factors led to your issue in the first place (for instance golf, tennis, physical labour, repetitive tasks, desk work, or staring down at your phone). If those factors aren’t going away (and let’s be realistic, most of us have to work or go to school and none of us want to give up the leisure activities we love), treating once every 4 to 6 weeks is usually enough to keep the issue from returning. It also gives us a “foothold” to quickly get things back under control if you do aggravate them.