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. Just like when you get braces, it takes multiple corrections over time to straighten the teeth. It will take multiple adjustments over time to do the same for your spine. There are three general phases of chiropractic care:
Phase 1: Corrective Care/Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care two to three times per week for 2-3 weeks to help break the muscle memory. Think of this phase as having the braces on all the time, with adjustments made to them often in the beginning of care. The timing and frequency of your visits will dictate how well and how fast you respond to care.
Phase 2: Supportive/Restorative/Stabilization Care
During the supportive/stabilization care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care four to eight times per month for 1-2 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. Just like with braces, once they are off, you need to wear your retainer! This phase helps promote a new muscle memory, helping you hold your adjustments with less care needed than in the first phase of care.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid relapses and any problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor once every 4 to 12 weeks, based on your lifestyle and goals.