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 start with 3-4 treatments in a row. Initially, treatments will be passive in nature, meaning you won't have much to do on your own. The doctor may give at home icing instruction in necessary.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. In this phase the doctor will teach you exercises and stretches to do at home or the gym and you will be seeing the doctor less frequently, and doing fewer passive therapies. This phase may be several weeks, depending on your overall health, your compliance with doctors instructions, and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it may be important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the doctor about 1-2 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. Treatments will consist of manipulations and therapies are typically not needed.