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. Without a strong foundation built first, 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 continue to stand strong. There are three tenets of chiropractic care:
Phase 1: Relief Care
Our first objective is to relieve you of any pain you are in when you arrive. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 2-6 weeks.
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 to need care 4-8 times per month for 1-6 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid flair-ups. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
- Completion of Patient Forms
- X-Ray Studies (if necessary)
- Report of Findings
At the conclusion of the visit, you will be instructed on home care therapy. This may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches.