Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal adjustment. The purpose of spinal adjustment is to restore joint mobility. It is a controlled force into the joints that have become restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by multiple repetitive stresses such as sitting with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. Or it can happen in a single traumatic even such as improper lifting of a heavy object.
In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and decreased function. An adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal. Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause any discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness/aching following the treatment. (ie; after a workout in the gym) It usually resolves within 1 to 2 days. Compared to other common treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter pain medications, chiropractic’s conservative approach offers a safe and effective option.
3 Phases of Chiropractic Care:
Acute / Relief
When you are in pain, our first objective is to help you feel better. This is designed to eliminate or reduce the majority of the discomfort and stabilize the condition in the shortest amount of time. More frequent visits are required to change existing patterns of subluxation and reduce your pain. Depending on the severity of your problem, typically, it takes 1-2 times per week for 4 weeks.
Healing / Corrective
This is the most important phase. The objective here is to correct the cause of your initial complaint as well as strengthening the muscles, improve functions and provide a more optimal health. This is the phase that can prevent rapid recurrence of symptoms. Frequency of the visits reduces as spinal function improves. Typically it takes about 4-8 times per month for 3 to 6 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Wellness / Maintenance
Once your body is fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. The objective here is to maintain your improved health and spinal function, and prevent the return of the original condition. Prevention saves time and money by helping you stay well.Typically this is a 1-2 times per month.