Phase 1: Relief Care Most everyone initially seeking a Chiropractor does so because of pain. In the beginning as throughout, our main goal is to restore normal nerve flow to facilitate natural healing. We always start out with daily visits until you begin holding your adjustment, then as you progress, your frequency of office visits is reduced. Most people assume that “No Pain = Great Health.” But pain is a very poor indicator of being healthy. Pain and symptoms sometime appear when a disease or other condition is at its worst. Just consider heart disease, it’s not a problem while developing, but becomes more of an issue while at its worst.
Regardless of whether you are talking about heart disease, general stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. So, as you begin Chiropractic Care, remember that pain is the first symptom to leave, but looking back you will remember that it was the last symptom to arrive.
Phase 2: Corrective Care Most Chiropractors see the elimination of pain and symptoms to be the first step of a person’s return to health. If your intent for care was to reduce your pain and nothing more, the chances of the condition returning are much greater.
To prevent a possible return of symptoms, it is necessary to continue care even though your pain is gone. Just like any broken bone, (let’s say your forearm), would require more time in a cast to heal. During this second phase of your care, your spine will not require adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches at home to help accelerate your healing. Also, with increased activity, flare-ups will occur during this phase as your body is still in the process of healing. Depending on the severity of your condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of care could last months.
Phase 3: Maintenance Care Once your body has fully healed, frequent checkups can help keep your body at its best. A regular/consistent exercise program (just like Chiropractic Checkups) while implementing daily nutritious meal planning will help ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
Make regular Chiropractic Care a lifestyle and you may avoid many of the aches and pains that so many suffer through and you will be able to engage in more of the activities that really make a difference in your life.
Consistent visits, once or twice per week, will support a lifetime of continuous progress.