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 for 1-3 weeks to attain relief from the discomfort you are in. Always keep in mind pain is usually the last symptom to come and the first to go away.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. Corrective care depends on the age of the patient, and the severity of the underlying problem. There is no definitive standard time line for corrective care, every case is different. It is typical to need care 2-3 times a week for the first 12 weeks, then your re-exam will reveal if there have been changes; and your care schedule will be re-adjusted according to our findings. Full correction may not always be possible; and this will be discussed directly with you if that is the case.
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 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.