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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 . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, our first objective is to help you feel better. After beginning treatment you may feel relief immediately. However, depending on the severity of your problem, you may find that this phase can take up to a week or two.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles, ligaments, joints, discs and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent recurrent injury. It is typical to receive care 1-3 times per week for anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is extremely beneficial to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the office. Frequency is based on your lifestyle, goals, and needs.