PHASE ONE: RELIEF CARE
Many people seek Chiropractic care because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, our main goal is to reduce your symptoms. This phase lasts as long as your symptoms last. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has been there for many months or even years?
Regardless of whether it is a cavity in the mouth, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
PHASE TWO: CORRECTIVE/
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a patient's care. If the chiropractor simply reduces pain and stops there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During Phase Two, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care. Depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at our office, at the gym or at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups of your symptoms on occasion during Phase Two. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
PHASE THREE: MAINTENANCE CARE
Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.