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. In this phase you are treated 3-4 times per week for 2-4 weeks with the goal of decreasing pain and improving motion in your spine. When you are feeling and moving better you are ready for the next phase which is the corrective phase.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, improving posture and restoring normal structure to the spine is the goal. Muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. In this phase of care you are usually treated 2-3 times per week for 6-8 weeks depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. During this phase is when the majority of the healing and progress is made even though the symptoms may have been gone in the relief phase.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has healed and returned to as near normal structure and function as possible, it is important to maintain your spine and health. Much like brushing your teeth daily to prevent cavities and decay, maintaining a healthy, properly moving spine is key to your overall health. Usually this only requires a visit 1-2 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.