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: Acute Phase
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 need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective Phase
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 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Maintenance Phase
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future and to have optimum health. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. This phase is vital to your well-being. Just remember, you would not drive your car for 100,000 miles and never take it in for an oil change or a tune-up. If you treat your body well, it will serve you well for a lifetime!