Chiropractic care, like any other health care solution, has a particular order that needs to be followed to maximize its effectiveness and for the effects of the treatment to last. Before even a single adjustment, a chiropractor will examine the affected areas to look for the underlying cause of the disorder, pain or other discomforts you may be facing.
A plan of care will then have to be decided, based on the chiropractor’s experience and of course, your personal preferences and limitations. Once you’ve both decided on what’s best for you, here’s what you can expect.
Phases of Chiropractic Care
There are five general ways or ‘phases’ of chiropractic care, which are:
This is usually the starting point for most patients, and if it’s your first visit to a chiropractic practitioner, this is a good phase to start with.
- The primary focus is addressing the underlying problems that are causing your discomfort
- As the name suggests, relief care also focuses on relieving any pain you may be feeling
- Though it may disappear quickly, pain is only a symptom and you should continue treatments till the source of the pain is established and corrected
- This phase may require two to three visits each week, or even daily, depending on the severity of the problem
Corrective care is the next phase in chiropractic care, and this phase focuses on targeted techniques to treat the root cause of your discomfort.
- Corrective care is necessary to reduce the chances of recurring problems in the future
- There may be occasional flare-ups since your body hasn’t healed completely, but they are completely normal and you shouldn’t worry about it
- The frequency of your visits should start decreasing, except in some circumstances where a medical condition or severe chronic pain may need to be treated for longer
The maintenance care phase is a series of chiropractic procedures to ensure lasting results.
- By this point, most of the symptoms might be eliminated, but your body still needs time to recover and heal itself
- This phase may include a variety of physical therapy exercises or stretches, whether at the chiropractic center, at home or both
- These exercises can help to accelerate the healing process and improve your muscularskeletal flexibility and strength
- The focus in this stage shifts from relieving pain to improving your body’s strength for long-term relief
- Maintenance care requires fewer visits than the earlier stages and can last from just a few sessions to once every couple of years
Like any other of your annual health checkups, regular visits to a chiropractor can help prevent major issues from emerging.
- These periodic check-ups are intended to examine you for signs of emerging problems, rather than to treat specific disorders
- As with most other health issues, emerging disorders that are diagnosed early can be corrected before they become serious conditions
- Many patients prefer to consult their chiropractor periodically, even if they aren’t facing any discomfort
- The frequency of these visits depends on factors like age, fitness level, previous injuries and personal preference
Once your body has healed completely, routine checkups help ensure that problems don’t return.
- Just like a regular exercising maintains your physique, wellness care ensures your body remains in optimal condition
- This type of chiropractic care keeps your nervous and musculoskeletal systems healthy
- With regular visits, chiropractic can help you achieve your personal health goals
- The frequency of these visits is dictated by your lifestyle (stress levels, physical strain, and so on), your doctor’s recommendations and your own preferences
When you make chiropractic care a regular part of your life, you can avoid many health issues, aches and pains that most accept as a normal part of life. You can live a more comfortable life and engage in many more activities you enjoy.
At Pro Chiropractic Clinics, we take the responsibility of offering you the best in chiropractic service and care very seriously. All our recommendations and treatments are based on thorough education, extensive training and vast clinical experience. The only decision you need to make is how much care you want to receive. Once we know that, we can give you the best!