Laying the Foundation for Total Health
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 or have some type of health concern when you come into our office, the objectives are to correct the underlying chiropractic problem and to help you feel better. Depending on the severity and on how long you've had your health issues, it is typical to be seen more often in this beginning phase of care.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. Typically, most of the symptoms have decreased or subsided. The doctor and patient work together to stabilize the spine and to train it to stay in alignment for longer periods of time.
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 and is based on your lifestyle and goals.