Laying the Foundation
To a life of complete health and vitality
Chiropractic care is like building a house – certain things need to happen in a particular 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 ONE: Relief Care
Reducing the pain
Typical care: 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with the – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other conditions have become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last symptom to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Phase TWO: Corrective/Restorative Care
Teaming up for optimal health
Typical care: 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a patient’s care. However, at The Prather Practice, we know that just reducing the pain isn’t enough. In fact, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the Corrective/Restorative Care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. Also during this second phase, the number of adjustments will be reduced from your first phase, depending on your particular circumstances. We will also carefully show you how to begin doing exercises and stretches, either at The Prather Practice or at home, to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Phase THREE: Wellness Care
Maintenance is key to healthy living
Typical care: Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the Chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care not only helps to ensure that your physical problems do not return, but also it keeps your body in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.
At The Prather Practice, we offer you hope – helping you achieve a life through Chiropractic care, along with a health and wellness approach! Contact us today to learn how we can get you started on the path to a pain-free life.