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. While each case is unique it is common to feel relief on your first visit. With intensive care in this initial stage we will work to reduce your symptoms as quickly as possible.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
Chiropractic care is a rehab process. During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely thereby helping prevent further injury. Like rehabbing a shoulder or a knee it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-6 weeks depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. When you are ready this stage includes stretching and strengthening exercises t prevent future injuries.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor monthly or bi-monthly, based on your lifestyle and goals.