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Laying the Foundation

Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in 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 . . .

What Does a Chiropractor Do?

Chiropractic care or an injury chiropractor aims to relieve pain and restore mobility in the muscles, ligaments, and joints by using an array of non-invasive spinal manipulations. These manipulations are done by hand or with a small instrument to apply a quick and controlled force to a particular joint. Most individuals who seek chiropractic treatment suffer from such issues as:

  • Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system
  • Neck Pain

​An initial consultation is required before treatment begins. This consultation involves a series of questions about your health history and symptoms that you are experiencing. This will be followed by a physical examination and x-rays. All of this will give the injury chiropractor an accurate picture of your condition, as well as the best type of therapy for it. After this initial consultation, an adjustment of the afflicted joints and disks will take place. During this, it is common to hear a cracking or popping noise as the joints move in place. This is a result of gas bubbles that are released between the joints during the session and it’s completely normal. After the adjustment, your chiropractor may recommend additional regimens, like:

  • Exercise and Stretching
  • Heat or Ice 
  • Massage

Your chiropractor may also have you return to the clinic for further spinal manipulation. The number of treatments can range from several times a week to once or twice a year, depending upon the severity of your ailment.​

Phase 1: Relief Care

If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.

Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care

During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.

Phase 3: Wellness Care

Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.

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