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. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-8 weeks. Certainly there are variences in care determined by age, trauma, weakness, posture, and nutritional status.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal and stabilize more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6 weeks-6 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully obtained its optimal balance, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit on a 1-6 month frequency, based on your lifestyle and goals.
In all phases of care attention to lifestyle greatly enhances the chiropractic changes we attempt to make. Hydration, nutrition, exercise and stress management are all integral in optimizing your general health.