Chiropractic Physicians are skilled in anatomy and health, with a focus on the musculoskeletal system.
If you haven’t been to a chiropractor before, you may think chiropractic adjustments only benefit the back and neck. However, all body functions — every organ, nerve, and body part — rely on the spinal cord to transmit messages from your brain.
When the doctor makes structural improvements to your spine, the brain can communicate with the rest of the body more efficiently because the free flow of fluids and nerve messages is optimized.
A healthy spine is at the core of overall health and allows for faster, more complete healing.
Chiropractic care is safe, gentle, and effective for a range of conditions including:
- Neck pain – including whiplash and other car accident injuries
- Back pain from a herniated disc or other causes
- Pain in a joint, often a knee, hip, elbow, or shoulder
- Work-related injuries
- Migraines and other types of headaches
- Muscle weakness and fatigue
- Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports Injuries
Chiropractic adjustments can restore the body’s equilibrium. The technique rarely causes any discomfort, and most patients find it rather enjoyable, providing an immediate feeling of relief.
There are three general phases of chiropractic care.
Phase 1: Relief Care
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 and give you some relief. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need chiropractic care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
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 another 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: Corrective/Restorative Care
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person’s 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 corrective care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the corrective/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. 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, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that 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 a proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine chiropractic wellness 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.
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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