Laying the foundation
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 when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Initially a trial of care is begun. During the initial trial Dr. Smith will frequently give each patient advice on home care to speed your relief. Depending on the severity of your condition, the initial trial could be 2 to 4 weeks. At the end of the initial trial your progress will be assessed and Dr. Smith will give you options and make recommendations for any future intervention, such as additional and complementary care, ergonomic changes, active exercise programs and advanced imaging. Further, if you are a good candidate for the phases of care below these options can also be discussed.
Phase 2: Restorative Care
During the restorative care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. This phase may take3 to 24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. During this phase of care increasing strength and endurance are vital. Common methods Dr. Smith will employ may include but are not limited to home based stretches and exercises, using a personnel trainer, self-directed exercise at your gym or physical therapy. Balanced eating plans and nutritional supplementation may be recommended.
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 6-12 times per year, based on your lifestyle and goals. Being consistent with a flexibility and endurance program as well as a nutritional plan will be encouraged.