In many ways, chiropractic care is much like building a house. There is an order of operations to ensure the house is stable and functional. First, it is important to lay a sturdy foundation. Much like the spine, the foundation must be strong but also level. If the walls and ceiling were put together on a cracked or uneven foundation, the house would be weak and may eventually collapse. These same principals apply to your chiropractic care. The spine must be properly evaluated and corrected to ensure a fully functional and pain free body.
Laying the Foundation for Total Health
If there is an issue with your body’s foundation, it needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. Your body has to go through a specific course of treatment in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care:
Phase 1: Relief Care
Typically, patients enter our office with some variation of back/neck/joint/muscle pain or an injury. The first objective is to provide relief by reducing the intensity and frequency of the initial discomfort. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition causing pain and dysfunction, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
The corrective phase of care targets the cause of the initial injury or pain to ensure the symptoms are completely resolved. During this time, the integrity of the spine is rehabilitated and restored and the muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely. This helps prevent recurring injury and future pain and dysfunction. The goal of corrective or restorative chiropractic care is to help bring your body and nervous system function back to 100%! Depending on the severity of the underlying condition, it is typical to need chiropractic care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once the integrity the spine has been restored, it is important to maintain proper spinal alignment and nervous system function to counter the bumps and stresses of everyday life. When your spine is stable, there is proper communication between the nervous system and your body’s ability to function. You can also look forward to a significant reduction in injuries and periodic aches and pains, and a boost in your immune system and overall wellbeing. Usually, this phase only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.