Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Just as an orthodontist must tighten braces on a weekly basis when they are first applied to straighten teeth, the component of time is also important in chiropractic care to correct your spine. A chiropractor does not use wire braces but applies hands-on adjustments to reposition the vertebra. During this phase of care, it is ideal that your visits are spaced 24-72 hours apart until your correction begins to take hold. Relief care includes the application of spinal adjustments and supportive physiotherapy as well as at-home exercises and instructions.
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. 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 also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.