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 office, the first objective is to help you feel better. In addition to the reduction of pain and discomfort the first steps to longer-term proper re-alignment of the body's joints begin.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. During this time a reduced number of visits is typical as the body has begun to maintain its proper alignment.
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 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. Patients who are in the wellness care phase often have no significant symptoms or discomfort at the time of their visit. Much like changing their car's oil every periodically or visiting their dentist regularly for check-ups, regular chiropractic check-ups can mean the difference in better health and wellness!