Did you know that chiropractic care comes in three stages? Most people utilize only one or two of them, but all three benefit your long term health.
Stage one of care is the initial intensive care. This is usually what brings a patient in: he/she wants an immedi-ate problem fixed. Treatment at this stage is usually frequent, but thankfully, response is usually fast, so it usually only lasts from a week or two to a month or two. Symptoms are usually greatly reduced or gone at this point.
Stage two of care is corrective care. Muscle and other soft tissue damage remain after initial symptoms are gone. Corrective care helps stabilize your spine and allows continued healing to occur. During this stage the frequency of visits is decreased, and things such as exercise and nutrition may be added to your care.
Stage three of care is elective or wellness care. When maximum improvement has occurred periodic checkups or “tune-ups” are recommended. The frequency of these visits can range from once or twice a month, to a few times a year. These visits help detect and correct new problems before they become serious, and can help prevent degeneration that often starts long before we are aware of it. More and more health-conscious adults are choosing this type of care for themselves and their children. Like other preventive measures, wellness care can save money in the long run, by helping you stay well.
I am happy to provide you with whichever level of care you feel is best for you. If you are experiencing repeated episodes of intensive care, you may want to consider continuing into stage two care the next time you find yourself in pain. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
Chiropractic care can do wonders for you. But it will do even more for you, if you do your part. The following things that you can do will improve your results from your care:
- Get involved. Patients who get involved and assume personal responsibility for recovering their health often get better results.
- Keep your appointments. The primary way to achieve the result millions of chiropractic patients have enjoyed is to keep your appointments.
- Strengthen your spine. If you are given specific exercise to do to, they will help retrain the muscles that support your spine.
- Lift with your legs.
- Avoid extreme bending. And use caution when working overhead. Avoid sudden twists and turns.
- Get adequate rest. Rest is an important part of the healing process. Use a mattress that gives firm support and avoid sleeping on your stomach.
- Watch your diet. Proper nutrition is important for healing and maintaining spinal health. If you are given nutritional supplements, take them consistently.
- Ask questions. The more you know that more you can help yourself.
- Refer others: Spread the word that a healthy spine is necessary for true health.