Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house with a solid foundation - certain things have to happen in a particular 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 proper foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. 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.
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 times per week for about 1 month. This care would most likely include spinal adjusting, manually or with the use of an instrument, and some type of physiological therapy; muscle stimulation, ultrasound, decompression therapy, or soft tissue manual therapy.
During corrective care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4 times per month, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Once your body has fully healed, it may be necessary to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-2 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.