Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. At our office we do not use a one-size-fits-all long term treatment plan. Treatment is based on the needs of each individual patient, and reassessed each week as the patient's symptoms improve. This results in optimum recovery in less time and at the least expense.
If pain relief is all you seek, then Relief Care is all you need. Bear in mind, however, that the pain will usually disappear long before complete healing and optimum function are achieved. If your goal is to have a healthy spine that will last a lifetime and be less likely to give you problems in the future, we highly recommend that you continue with Corrective Care.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. During this phase the patient will be taught certain exercises to make the spine strong and supple. Responsibility for your spinal care is shifting from the doctor to the patient. It is typical to need care 2 times per month for 2-6 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed and is funtioning optimally, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to to maintain optimal function and avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor perhaps once per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
Just like brushing your teeth, a little daily effort to maintain a healthy spine is a good idea...
BECAUSE YOU ONLY GET ONE SPINE!