Laying the Foundation
In some ways Chiropractic care can be likened to building a house – certain things have to happen in a particular 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 to repair itself correctly and fully.
There are three general phases of to the Chiropractic care that we deliver at SpineCentral
Phase 1: 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 see a dramatic or complete resolution of symptoms within the 3 to 6 visit range. The time frame is typically 3 to 6 weeks duration for the relief phase of care. Sometimes this happens even sooner, and in some chronic cases, it may take longer.
Phase 2: Rebuilding/Corrective Care
During the rebuilding phase, your spine will ‘unwind’ through a series of old injuries to gradually resume its ideal posture. Importantly during this phase of care your spinal tissues, such as the ligaments, muscles, tendons, discs and even bones and joints can remodel, strengthen and heal more completely into good alignment, thereby help to prevent recurrence and improve robustness in the future.
The duration of care in the rebuilding phase of care differs from person to person and the degree of improvement that you seek to reach. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month over a 3 to 24 month period to rebuild the spinal structures and correct the underlying issues.
With corrective care, the level of improvement attained correlates with the length of time in active care. An important part of corrective care is home-based exercises and lifestyle adjustments, which are taught during this phase. Sticking to this advice is important for the best results.
Phase 3: Maintenance Care
Once your spine has fully healed, and you have regained your balance, alignment and robustness in your structure it is advisable to maintain these improvements with periodic maintenance care. There is a great deal of stress placed upon the human frame in a typical western lifestyle, and any new problems can be identified and corrected early before they have a chance to become chronic issues again. Most people remain on track and well maintained with an adjustment every 1 to 3 months.