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.
Whether you came to our office feeling great with no symptoms at all, or you had a noticable complaint, we will look at your spine & nerve system closely and determine a care plan that suits you best. It is always up to you to accept or reject our recommendations, just as it is up to us whether we accept your case or not. You should also be aware that we will make recommendations based on optimal results; not your insurance coverage, your financial situation or your time limitations. Again, it is up to you to accept or reject these recommendations!
As you can imagine, everyone has different goals when they come to our office. Some people just want to know how their body is functioning, with no symptoms at all. If we find interference in their nerve system, however, we will make recommendations for correction. Typically, people without symptoms have spinal correction quicker than those who wait until symptoms develop.
For those who have symptoms already, they have to make a decision. Are they looking for symptom relief only? Are they desiring symptom relief and a correction to the problem? Are they looking for relief, correction and then go a step further where they maintain the correction and promote wellness throughout the remainder of their life?
For those who desire correction and wellness care, we need to understand that there are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you have symptoms when you come into our office, the first objective is to stabilize and realign the spine (which should reduce inflammation, increase range of motion and help you feel better, naturally). Depending on the severity of your problem, it is not uncommon to require care and check-ups 2-3 times per week for 4-7 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are able to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent further injury. It is typical to need care 1-2 times per week during this phase which may last as long as 14 months (if complete correction is possible), depending on your overall health and the severity of nerve interference and spinal structure.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic check-ups to avoid problems in the future and continue to promote wellness (on the cellular level). Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.