Laying the Foundation for Total Health
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 course of treatment will be determined by the severity and complexity of the problem. The more chronic and long standing the condition, the more visits may need to be required. However, it is in our intention to get you functioning better and out of pain in as little time as possible.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is during this time that functional rehabilitation may be introduced to strengthen the area that has been weakened that which may have led to injury in the first place. In addition, anti-inflammatory diet counseling and supplementation may also be talked about to help with healing and optimizing health.
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 quick visit to the chiropractor one to four times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.