Maintenance care or sometimes referred to as secondary care, can be needed after long term problems including back pain, trapped nerves or headaches where patients seek assistance to prevent further flare ups.
A common example would be shoulder, knee or spinal arthritis where a physical therapy cannot necessarily restore the areas to 100% however we can prevent further degeneration. NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) indicate that physical therapy including manipulation of arthritic joints can benefit the patients pain levels and increase mobility in the long term and therefore recommended as part of your care.
However maintenance care is not simply for long term conditions. It can be used to counteract the stresses placed on the body due to everyday life. Constant sitting in bad posture, decreased core stability and then intense exercise only on the weekend to counteract the sedentary life of the week, can all take there toll and benefit from occasional spinal care.