Chiropractic care is not a miracle drug, but it is a cumulative therapy where each session builds on the other. Chiropractors are healing their patients without the use of drugs, pills, or surgery. Chiropractors use their hands and various instruments to align the spine, helping the function of the nervous system. However, a single adjustment can’t be expected to cure everything that ails the patient. For this reason, there are three phases of chiropractic care. These phases provide a solid blueprint on the best way to improve the patient’s quality of life. The phase of care depends on the patient’s current conditions.
Here are the three phases of care:
1. Acute care to help relieve pain
2. Corrective care to increase or optimize physical function
3. Long-term wellness care that includes activities, services, and guidance.
Phase 1: Acute Care
Most patients have musculoskeletal complaints that are causing them significant discomfort and interfering with their usual way of life. Therefore, 90% of these patients are in the “Initial Acute Care” phase. Chiropractors are initially trying to reverse a pattern of the spine being misaligned to provide quick pain relief. The problem has likely been present for a significant amount of time. These patients are generally treated about three times per week to start, until the pain level has gone down to a manageable level. When the chiropractor deems they are ready to proceed, they go into the next phase of chiropractic care — Corrective Care.
Phase 2: Corrective Care
In the Corrective Care phase, the patient feels significantly better. This phase aims to continue the healing and start making changes to the spine that will prevent this injury from happening again. The therapies during this phase are generally changed from acute care to working different muscle groups, reversing bad postures, and rehabilitating the spine and nervous system. These patients are typically seen twice a week until satisfactory results are seen by both the chiropractor and the patient. These positive results bring us to the essential phase of chiropractic care — Wellness Care.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
This is considered a preventative phase of care. Wellness care can be anywhere from once a week to once a month. It depends on the patient and different factors, such as age, fitness level, activities performed, etc. During this phase, chiropractors help their patients stay well, prevent injury, enhance performance, optimize the body’s regulatory systems and improve the body’s ability to self-heal. By taking the time and effort to maintain, you should find it’s worth it in the long run, helping you achieve your goal of optimal health!
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