Most patients that see me for the first time usually have symptoms. I know that the major goal at that point is to GETTING out of pain but what about STAYING out of pain?
There are 3 phases of care that people must go through to make sure you don’t get back in pain and can live life without major restrictions.
1. Relief Care: This phase provides temporary relief of your symptoms. Normally, when a patient is in this phase and get relief it is because inflammation is decreased and joint function is restored through spinal adjustments. Ice, heat or cold laser may also be used to help the symptoms start to subside. However, symptom relief is likely to be temporary if the underlying cause is not addressed after the pain subsides. In many cases the cause of your symptoms are improper body mechanics, repetitive movements, micro-trauma or postural issues that need to be rectified before real change can occur. Faulty muscle patterns consisting of weak or overly tight muscles need to be addressed and monitored for lasting results.
2. Corrective Care: This phase takes longer because it addresses the cause of the issue that is normally a long term problem. Progress is analyzed and care is modified depending on consistent results. Some people respond quicker than others depending on the condition and integrity of the spinal column, the age and physical condition of the patient, the severity of the injury and the duration of the problem. Consistency without exacerbation of the original issue is tracked as well as anything that may hinder your progress. Stabilization is the goal.
Maintenance: This is what ensures optimal health and is the final stage of health. Day to day activities put biomechanical strain on our bodies. We are constantly exposed to stress and we must continue to monitor the health and condition of your spine through periodic evaluations to make sure that you don’t go back to the beginning. Regular chiropractic adjustments will help insure you are living at your optimum level of health and function.
The benefits of maintenance care are that minor misalignments can be detected before they become symptomatic or well-established. We have specialized tests to track the spinal column, muscles and organs to make sure you maintain health and can track any issues that may be festering and ready to become problematic. Maintenance chiropractic care allows for improved posture, enhanced function, better athletic performance, reduced injuries and an overall enjoyable pain-free lifestyle. This type of preventative or wellness care can also save time and money by keeping minor problems from becoming more serious and preventing you from starting back from scratch.