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
The first goal of any treatment plan is pain relief. Sometimes this happens quickly but sometimes it can take a few visits before we really start noticing changes. There are a lot of factors that contribute to seeing results such as how your body regulates pain and inflammation, what activities you do that may hinder or help the healing phase, and other factors we cannot control like age, chronic conditions such as arthritis or degenerative joint disease, and overall health.
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 during this phase of healing to be given at home exercises and stretches to do between treatments to help build a foundation for proper motor function and joint range of motion. Your long-term success may depend on your ability to adapt and comply with these at home treatment options and will give you a basis to refer to if symptoms start to resurface.
Phase 3: Wellness Care/ Preventative 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 one or two times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. Conversely, there are a myriad of daily activities that put stress and strain on our bodies, which can lead to postural faults or muscle imbalances. Getting treated on a regular basis can help prevent minor problems from accumulating and become big problems down the road.