Laying The Foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house in the sense that 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 your roof on 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 fully repair itself correctly.
There are the three general phases of chiropractic care
Acute / Pain 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 condition, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 3-4 weeks.
Corrective / Rehabilitative Care
During the corrective phase of care, muscles and other soft tissues are allowed to heal more completely and we aim to help strengthen your injured area, which helps you avoid recurrences of your injury in the future. It is typical to need care 4-6 times per month for 2-3 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your condition.
Supportive / Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it's important to come in for periodic adjustments to not only avoid problems in the future, but to maintain your health. The true objective of chiropractic care is not to get you better, but to keep you healthy. The wellness phase of care is based on the premise that "It's easier to stay well than to get well". This phase of care usually requires a quick spinal "tune-up" only once or twice a month, based on your lifestyle and goals, to ensure your body is functioning at its best to maintain your health.