Laying the Foundation for Total Health
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a specific 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: Pain Relief
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. This is a temporary fix however, much like a band-aid. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care two to three times per week for two to six weeks.
Phase 2: Stabilization/Corrective Care
During the stabilization care phase, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care four to eight times per month for two to four months, depending on your overall health 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 or "tune ups" to optimize health, performance and avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor one to two times per month, based on your lifestyle, work demands, and specific health goals.