Regaining your health and function through chiropractic care can be a process. Your body will go through different phases of healing at different times as it fully repairs and corrects. This process is different for each person, but most of us go through three broad phases of chiropractic care.
Phase 1: Relief care
If you are in pain or struggling when we first see you, the first thing we need to do is simply help you to feel better! Depending on what we find having assessed you, we’ll advise the best course of action to help you get there.
Many of us first seek a chiropractor when we’re in pain. We assume that if it doesn’t hurt, then everything must be ok. The drawback of this thought process is that pain is often the last thing to appear. Think of a tooth cavity – does it hurt the instant the cavity starts, or after a certain level of damage has happened? Many patients are surprised by this when they learn about their spinal health for the first time, but then – how would your teeth look if you’d never visited a dentist?
As with many health problems, even heart disease, cancer or diabetes, outward symptoms and pain are often the last thing to appear. When you start to visit a chiropractor, pain is often the first thing to disappear, but it might not mean the underlying cause of the problem has been fixed.
Phase 2: Corrective care
We’ll do a re-exam at the end of the Relief phase. If we see what we need to see, we know you’re ready to move to the Corrective phase. This is where muscles, ligaments and other tissues begin to heal completely, which helps prevent re-injury.
Relieving symptoms is the simplest part of the process. If we stop as soon as the person feels better, we invite a relapse. To avoid this relapse, it is vital to continue your care – even though you’re feeling better. Again – think of your teeth. Do you stop going to the dentist after you get that cavity filled?
During the Corrective phase, you will not have to visit the office as often as you did earlier in your care.
Phase 3: Wellness care
Once your body has fully healed, we hope people see the value in coming in for periodic maintenance/wellness adjustments. This helps us perform at our best and avoid problems in the future.
A properly functioning nervous system, exercise, healthy eating and stress management help us to take care of our health. Maintaining your spine will help you avoid those aches and pains, help keep your joints healthy and help you live life to the fullest!