Generally speaking, chiropractic care can be broken up into 3 phases: Relief, Correction and Wellness/Maintenance.
The first stage, relief care, is typically what brings patients into the office in the first place. Treatment is focused at reducing pain and inflammation. In other words, giving you symptomatic relief. This will allow you to be able to carry on your regular activities more easily. Treatment is usually more intensive here in order to get you out of pain as quickly as possible to start you on the road to recovery.
The second stage is the corrective care stage. Treatment frequency is typically reduced and is targeted at re-establishing proper spinal motion and function. Spinal dysfunction often takes years to develop. Similar to having a cavity, the pain does not begin until the problem has well established itself. This stage focuses on strengthening the surrounding musculature and allow tissue to heal more optimally.
Once your feeling good and the main problem has stabilized, people often choose wellness or maintenance care. This involves periodic treatment in order to correct little problems before they become big problems. Similar to regular dental check ups, chiropractic check ups will help keep you feeling good and functioning better.
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