Laying the Foundation for Total Health
In some ways, one could say that chiropractic care is a bit like building a house – certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. These concepts apply to your body as well, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body's foundation, then that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With chiropractic care, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are four general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our chiropractic office, the primary objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. The chiropractor uses highly-specialized, gentle hands-on adjustments to reposition the vertebra to correct your spine and relieve your pain.
Phase 2: Corrective Care
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. The goal of corrective care is to complete the correction and restore your body back to 100% functioning. We pay greater attention to your body as a whole to release your self-healing power to the max. The chiropractor's goal is to teach you how to use your body correctly and healthily and change bad habits to good ones in order to maintain a healthy spine for a longer time.
Phase 3: Stabilization Care
The goal of the stabilization phase of care is to stabilize the muscles and ligaments that support your spine. Treatment during this phase helps to decrease the likelihood of your original problem returning. The chiropractor will continue teaching at-home exercises and instructions.
Phase 4: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed and you are no longer experiencing back pain or other pain symptoms, it is important to come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments to avoid further problems in the future. Usually, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor. If you are not currently experiencing any pain, you can also come to the office for a check-up, and the chiropractor will provide instructions on how to maintain your wellness and promote optimum health and vitality.