Laying the Foundation for Total Health
In some ways, one could say that chiropractic care is structural repair similar to repairing an older home. The attention must be made to the foundation first. Weakness there, if overlooked, will eventually compromise whatever other repairs you make. Our chiropractic care addresses the structural flaws that predispose us to back pain and other health issues. Like the older home, if something is not right with our body's foundation, then it needs to be addressed before a lasting stability can be achieved. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office. Our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care 2-3 times per week for 2-12 weeks. For some, finances and/or the demands of our busy schedules do not permit care beyond Phase 1.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
But there is a really important second phase which should not be avoided. Avoidance of this phase, invites long term reoccurring episodes to occur due to joint instability and premature degenerative changes (osteoarthritis) taking place at the joint sites. The goal of the corrective phase of chiropractic care is as follows: muscles and other tissues are strengthened and allowed to heal more completely and the joints are kept mobile. Impingemnent of the joint facets kept free for full range of normal motion so that your full work schedule and daily activities can process without micro-trauma that eventually results in a new episode. Depending again on your particular age and joint issues, this phase may require 4-8 treatments per month for an additional month or two.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed and you have returned to full work activities without issues, it may be right for you to consider periodic care to help avoid further problems in the future.Often, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor once a month or quarter, based on your lifestyle and goals.
For each of the 3 stages listed above in this brief introduction, there is a fuller consideration of each stage in separate pages that follow. Please read them.