Phases of Care
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. The length of time you are in this phase depends on your particular case.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. This is the most important phase because this is where changes are made to your spine that will allow your body to heal. Not following through here will likely cause you to end up back at Phase 1.
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 brief visit to the chiropractor 1-2 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. This could be likened to wearing a retainer after your teeth are straightened by braces or preventive maintenance you would do on a machine. The human body is an amazing machine.
If you are not fond of having a traditional manual chiropractic adjustment, then you should be aware that the doctor uses several gentle, low force techniques to adjust your spine. Be sure to bring it up in your consultation.