Laying the Foundation for Total Health
Chiropractic care is like building a house -- certain things have to happen in a particular sequence in order for everything to stand strong and function properly. 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. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care two to three times per week for four to six weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care two to three times per week for four to six weeks, depending on your overall health, your individual response to the first phase of treatment, and the severity of your problem.
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 -- much like a tune-up for your car. Usually, this consists of a quick visit to the chiropractor once every one to two months, based on your current lifestyle and health goals.