Steps to Better Health & Wellness
Step 1: Relief Care
Often people visit their chiropractor because they are in pain or suffering with poor health. In this first step, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. This can require frequent visits, typically daily care for one to four weeks depending on the severity of your condition.
People tend to think they are perfectly healthy if they are not experiencing any pain. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced. For example, a cavity doesn't hurt while it is forming. A cavity causes pain only after it has already formed.
Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Step 2: Corrective Care
Working Together to Achieve Optimal Health
Eliminating pain is the first step in chiropractic care, but it certainly does not stop there. Most chiropractors consider eliminating pain the easiest part of chiropractic. If a patient stops receiving care just because their pain has stopped, the likelihood of the pain causing condition to recur becomes greater. To prevent recurring conditions, it is important to make regularly scheduled trips to your chiropractor to ensure that the pain causing condition stays gone.
Visits to your chiropractor become less frequent during the correction/restorative phase of care than in the initial phase. In most circumstances, stretches and exercises may be performed at the center or at home to help accelerate the healing process.
It is normal to occasionally experience flare ups of your symptoms, do not let this worry you if it happens. These flare ups, called re-tracing, are bound to occur until the body has been fully healed. This phase can last anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on the severity of your condition and how long you have been suffering from it.
Step 3: Wellness Care
Maintenance: The Key to Healthy Living
Even after your condition has been fully healed, routine visits to your chiropractor will help ensure that the condition does not occur again as well as ensure that your body stays in optimal form. Routinely visiting your chiropractor helps ensure that your musculoskeletal system stays in top form just the same way as routine diet and exercise benefits your body.
Routine chiropractic care ensures that your joints last longer and that you don't have to experience so much of the pain that many people go through. Live life to its fullest and engage in all of the activities that you love when you make routine chiropractic care part of your lifestyle.