Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order so that everything works correctly. When building a house, if you do not start with 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, the first objective is to get you relief. There is no "recipe" which gives the amount of treatments necessary. Everyone is unique. Dr. Baker will make treatment recommendations based on your symptoms as well as history, exam findings, and other diagnostic tests. Most acute cases will begin with a visit frequency of 3 visits per week with decreasing frequency as the condition improves.
Phase 2: Corrective Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal and strengthen, thereby helping to prevent injury. Chiropractic care is like an exercise program for your joints and muscles. Each visit builds on the previous one to aid in restoring normal joint mobility, reduce nerve interference, relax muscles and reduce inflammation. Ultimately, how long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to YOU.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Many of our patients choose to benefit from the Wellness Care option. Once we have restored better motion and alignment to your joints regular chiropractic care will help you maintain these improvements. It is important to come in for periodic adjustments to counteract the mechanical stress of your daily life. An adjustment is like flipping the switch on a circuit breaker, it allows the body to reset. This will help in all walks of life from stress managment, to athletic performance. It is key in any lifestyle program. Usually, this only requires a quick visit about once a month, based on your lifestyle and goals.