Stages of Chiropractic Care
It is important to understand the stages of chiropractic care because they are unique relative to those of other health care disciplines. Because chiropractic addresses core physiological and biomechanical aspects of the body, the process to correct problems without drugs or surgery can take some time. Some conditions can be treated in a few visits, while others may take longer.
Stage 1- Relief Care
The majority of patients consult a chiropractor because they have an ache or pain. In the first phase of chiropractic care, the main objective is to eliminate or reduce your discomfort and stabilize your condition in the shortest amount of time. During this phase, progress is usually rapid.
The number of times you visit a chiropractor during this phase of care varies and is dependent upon your specific condition. It's hard to say how long it will be until your see relief- it could be as short as a week or up to a month. If you are not responding to chiropractic care during this phase, you may be referred to another health care provider.
Stage 2- Rehabilitative
Once your condition has stabilized, you enter the second phase of chiropractic care, where the objective is to correct any underlying injury or cause of discomfort, strengthen the muscles, and improve neuromusculoskeletal function. The frequency of office visits is reduced over a period of 2 to 6 weeks. Care may be supplemented by rehabilitation exercises, nutrition, and modification of daily habits.
Once your discomfort has subsided, you may think all is well and choose to abandon your efforts. However, if you end your chiropractic care before fully healing the muscles and soft tissues, you can invite a relapse. This is a mistake many people make, and it sets them up for recurring health issues.
It's hard to believe that after all the time, effort, energy, and money put into correcting a problem, a patient would choose to forget this relatively easy phase of care!
Stage 3- Wellness Care
You the "graduate" to the wellness phase, which is designed to maintain your improved health, encourage normal spine function, prevent the return of the original condition, and catch small problems before they become serious. A personal wellness care program will be designed specifically for you where we will teach you how to incorporate good nutrition and exercise habits into your everyday life.
Few things as complicated as your body can be "fixed" and then ignored. Think of your car, your teeth, or your relationships. They take time and effort to maintain, but you know that it's worth it in the long run. That's why we recommend a regular schedule of chiropractic care.