Thumbs Up to Relief
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Corrective care begins as your initial care begins. Relief care is just the beginning of your journey into wellness. It is a shame that not many people are taught the difference between relief care and corrective care. As some people get out of pain, they believe their journey has come to an end. As they continue on their daily routines, the pain comes back with a cough or a sneeze; and they re-visit the chiropractor. Why? Because the underlying issue was not resolved, leading them in a viscous cycle, or feeling that chiropractic has not helped them.
At our office, we do not offer relief care, we encourage full correction if possible.