Laying The Foundation For Total Health
In some ways, one could say that chiropractic care is a bit like building a house – certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse.
If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. These concepts apply to your body as well, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues.
If something is not right with your body’s foundation, than that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved.
With chiropractic care, 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 . . .
Most patients that come into Northern Edge Chiropractic LLC in Plymouth will be in some sort of pain. Our doctor’s of chiropractic first goal is to get you feeling better and out of pain as soon as possible. Pain is generally the last sign of dysfunction, however it is usually the first thing to go away.
Typically patients will experience total pain relief within the first 12-24 visits spread over the course of 6-8 weeks. During this phase of care we are generally dealing with acute conditions which will present with such symptoms like muscle tightness, decreased range of motion, pain and possible numbness or tingling.
Using chiropractic adjustments and other therapies to decrease inflammation and irritation is the number one goal during this time.
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, the doctors at Northern Edge Chiropractic will continue their initial treatment plan of regular adjustments and therapies. The main difference between phase 1 and phase 2 is which therapies we use.
During the corrective phase we tend to focus more on the muscles, retraining them to be the correct length and retraining them how to fire properly. By incorporating rehabilitative exercise into the treatments it allows the joints to heal more completely, and strengthens the muscles which helps to prevent further injury or pain.
The goal of the corrective and stabilizing phase is to help your body continuously function at its optimal level. We want to correct the initial problem, and then get the muscles to stabilize so the adjustments stick longer. This generally happens between 24-36 visits, recommending our patients to schedule visits once every other week.
Once your body has fully healed and you are no longer experiencing pain or other symptoms related to your initial complaint, it is important to come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments. This is for three reasons.
First, to keep your spine in alignment and functioning properly. Secondly is to keep your body from returning to where it was when you started to see our doctors. Lastly, is to keep your nervous system healthy, functioning properly and proactively keep your spinal health up.
Usually, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.