1. Initial Intensive Care
The primary goal for this type of care is to relieve or reduce your symptoms.
In order to do this, we need to remove vertebral subluxations (areas of spinal misalignments causing compression on exiting nerves).
This phase of care may only take a few visits, or may last for weeks. Many factors contribute to the time-frame - such as your age, the severity of your symptoms, how long you have had the problem for, your lifestyle and your occupation.
This phase of care will help realign the spinal vertebrae to a better position, reducing nerve tension, thereby improving your overall symptoms.
2. Corrective Care
The goal of corrective care is to help maintain normal spinal alignment by helping to
stabilize the vertebrae, muscles and other soft tissue. This will help the original problem (or cause) from returning.
This phase of care may take months to help fully restore alignment, motion and joint function, but visit frequency would be a lot less than needed during the initial intensive care phase. Exercises and postural advice may be a necessity during this phase of care.
Spinal degeneration will occur much faster in misaligned segments due to the abnormal loading and movement on the surrounding joints, therefore restoring proper alignment & function can help prevent early degenerative joint disease.
If care is stopped before the corrective care phase has been fully reached, the spine may revert back to it's 'old' position and you may risk a relapse of your symptoms.
3. Maintenance Care
The goal of 'maintenance' or 'wellness' care is to help maintain the current condition of your spine and keep it functioning at it's maximum potential.
Periodic visits during this phase will also help detect and correct any new problems arising before they become serious. This type of care is no different than going to see the dentist to keep your teeth & gums healthy.
Visit frequency will be determined by your past spinal problems, your age, occupation & lifestyle factors - but will definitely save you time and money by keeping you well.
Every person we see at Chiropractic For Life is important to us, and we will provide the best care and advice that we can, on an individual basis, to help that person improve from their current condition and strive towards reaching optimal health & wellness.
We will discuss these 3 types of Chiropractic care with you, answer all of your questions, and help you choose what type of care you need to best suit your health goals.