Phase 1: Acute Care
Thumbs Up to Relief
Acute Care addresses the symptoms. This is the most intense portion of care with the objective to have you feeling better. Your adjustments will be frequent, ranging from multiple times per day, 4 times per week, 3 times per week, etc., varying on your present state. In conjunction with your adjustments, active care may be utilized to engage and re-educate muscle stability. Nerve to muscle memory is influenced by your age, condition and most of all your lifestyle. Acute care is approximately a 3 month duration and time and repetition are essential to your success.
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 them – 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 condition has 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 thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Phase 2: Optimal Care
Teaming Up for Optimal Health
Optimal Care addresses the stressors know as the 3T’s (thought, trauma, toxins). These are the emotional, physical, and chemical stressors leading to the underlying cause of dis-ease. While not only stabilizing your spine and nervous system, optimized care promotes better function and optimal healing. Energy levels can change, breathing is easier, metabolism is boosted and long-term healing continues. With the systems addressed optimal health is within reach. The CORE score has improved and change in the positive direction is noticed. Optimal care is approximately 12 months of consistent care with accompanying lifestyle changes, the frequency of adjustments is often reduced.
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, 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 correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center 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 3: Lifestyle Care
Maintenance is Key to Healthy Living
Lifestyle Care is based on your commitments and maximizes the expression of perfection within. Life is expressed at its fullest. We continue to monitor and manage the nervous system on a weekly basis addressing any subluxations present. These preventive measures saves time and money by promoting a vibrant life.
Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure your physical problems do not return and keep 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.