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 Chiropractic office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, and your current health status, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for several weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are able to heal more completely, thereby helping to establish more functional postural and movement patterns. This is essential in preventing re-injury. It is common to need care 1 to 4 visits per month for 6-12 months, depending on your overall health, consistency with home exercises and the severity of the original condition.
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 periodic visit to the Chiropractor based on your lifestyle and goals.