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What is the process?
Chiropractors start by doing a complete examination including x-rays, (if needed) to determine how significant the injury is. They then focus on reducing pain as much as possible by utilizing several forms of therapy including: ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, instrument assisted massage, massage therapy, trigger point therapy, and natural dietary supplements. Once the pain lessens, they focus on restoring proper function to repair the underlying problem utilizing chiropractic manipulation/adjusting, physical therapy exercises and postural training to help restore proper function.
Once I start going will I always have to go?
That depends on you. Chiropractors generally give their patients choices in the type of care the patient can receive. Typically these choices are: Relief care, i.e. just enough care to get rid of the pain; Corrective care, i.e. care to correct the cause of the problem; Maintenance care, i.e. care to maintain the gain that has been made.
People who complain of having to go over and over are generally those who chose relief care. When the pain keeps coming back, the patient keeps coming back. Because the cause of the problem was not addressed in relief care, it’s no wonder that the patient must keep coming back. The purpose of corrective care is just that— to correct the cause of the problem. Once the cause is corrected, then it’s a matter of periodic visits to maintain the gain that was made.
How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always your decision. It is important to understand the stages of chiropractic care because they are unique relative to those of other health-care disciplines. Because chiropractic addresses core physiological and biomechanical aspects of the body, the process to correct problems without drugs or surgery can take some time. Some conditions can be treated in a few visits, while others may take longer.
Should I go to a chiropractor?
Is chiropractic right for me?
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Not sure if chiropractic is right for you? Chiropractic physicians often specialize in treating musculoskeletal (muscles and joints) conditions. Over the last few decades research has shown that chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for neck pain₁, low back pain₂, fibromyalgia₃, pregnancy₄, TMJ₅, shoulder pain₆, ankle sprain₇, headaches₈, whiplash₉, and many more conditions. Chiropractic care has helped many people with a variety of conditions like constipation, colic, upset stomach, enuresis (bed wetting), and much more.
Chiropractors are able to treat people of any age. Only after performing an examination will a chiropractor know if they are able to help with your condition or if they need to refer you to another medical provider.
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What are the three major phases of chiropractic care?
The majority of patients consult a chiropractor because they have an ache or pain. In the first phase of care, the main objective is to eliminate or reduce your discomfort and stabilize your condition in the shortest amount of time. During this phase, progress is usually rapid.
The number of times you visit a chiropractor during this phase of care varies and is dependent upon your specific condition. It's hard to say how long it will be until you see relief— it could be as short as a week or up to a month. If you are not responding to chiropractic care during this phase, you may be referred to another health-care provider.
Once your condition has stabilized, you enter the second phase of care, where the objective is to correct any underlying injury or cause of discomfort, strengthen the muscles, and improve neuromusculoskeletal function. The frequency of office visits is reduced over a period of two to six weeks. Care may be supplemented by rehabilitation exercises, nutrition, and modification of daily habits. It is important to remember that many of the conditions for which people seek care have developed over many years; therefore, correcting these problems is a true rehabilitative process. It helps to understand that it takes time to correct these conditions. Once your discomfort has subsided, you may think all is well and choose to abandon your efforts. However, if you end your care before fully healing the muscles and soft tissues, you can invite a relapse. This is a mistake many people make, and it sets them up for recurring health issues. It's hard to believe that, after all the time, effort, energy, and money put into correcting a problem, a patient would choose to forgo this relatively easy phase of care!
This phase is designed to maintain your improved health, encourage normal spinal function, prevent the return of the original condition, and catch small problems before they become serious. A personal wellness care program will be designed specifically for each patient where they are taught how to incorporate good nutrition and exercise habits into their everyday life, thereby promoting vitality, endurance, and the ability to enjoy life at its fullest.
A good way to look at chiropractic is to relate it to dentistry. We all know it takes a long time to develop tooth decay, but with regular maintenance and check-ups, the plaque doesn't have a chance. Similarly, it often takes a long time to develop a spinal dysfunction. But with regular maintenance, the bones will not have a chance to get out of line.
Few things as complicated as your body can be "fixed" and then ignored. Think of your car, your teeth, or your relationships. They take time and effort to maintain, but you know it's worth it in the long run. That's why we recommend a regular schedule of chiropractic check-ups.