Phases of Care
There are four general phases of your quality focused Chiropractic care plan:
Phase 1: Initial Intensive
Spinal Adjustment and Getting Better: We want to help your body heal as quickly as possible and to begin to put an end to your suffering. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time. Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced. For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is usually the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Phase 2: Strengthen & Stabilize
Improving and Getting Well: If all the chiropractor does is reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone. During the strengthen / stabilize phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care. Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Phase 3: Maximum Recovery
As Good as You Can Be: The longer your spine was misaligned, the longer it takes for you to complete your recovery. Recovery usually takes one month for each year your spine has been misaligned. Discontinue your care and you will return to your original condition, which will continue to get worse over time. Continue care and you will continue to experience even more life and better health.
Phase 4: Wellness
Living Fully and Staying Well: Once your body has fully healed, routine Chiropractic care will help keep your body in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue specific Chiropractic care to ensure the health of your nerve system.