What to Expect with Chiropractic Care
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 . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you have a body alarm when you come into our Cape Coral chiropractic office, our first objective is to help get your body back in balance as soon as possible. Depending on the persistence of the nerve interference (called a subluxation) pattern which is causing the issue, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care or adjustments 2-3 times per week for around 4 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
Only 10% of your nerve system is dedicated to giving you pain information. That’s like having a smoke detector that picks up 10% of smoke. You’d be mad at us if we gave you one of those for your bedroom, and yet a lot of people rely on that lousy alarm to tell them how their body’s doing! During the corrective phase of chiropractic care the thing that brought you to the office typically is gone, but your body is learning its new position and the muscles and other tissues are trying to heal in this new shape. As we say, there’s a difference between being “not sick” and being “well.” The goal of corrective or restorative chiropractic care is to help bring your body back to 100% functioning. It is typical to need chiropractic care or adjustments about once or twice a week for 2-3 months, depending on your age, overall health, stage of pregnancy and the severity of your problem. The majority of the healing in this phase happens outside the office, with exercises and lifestyle changes you start to adopt in an effort to become the healthier version of you.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Most of our patients choose to continue with chiropractic care even though they don’t “hurt.” Why in the world would they do that? Some people do it to avoid further problems in the future. However, most people get adjusted because they love spending more time in “The Zone.” Everyone’s been there- the time when everything is integrated, you’re hitting all the shots, and things are going your way. Almost 70 years ago no less of an authority than the World Health Organization defined health as “…Optimal physical, mental, and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (WHO 1946). Optimal health means a highly functional nerve system, which allows the body to communicate flawlessly with and adapt to an ever-changing environment. Our gold standard of chiropractic care is getting checked for subluxations every 2 weeks, but some of our patients can hold their corrections for up to 4 weeks.
Our clinic is designed to reward patients for reaching this level of health, which is why after years of research we offer our specialized visit packages. We all know Life Happens! You’ll undoubtedly have physical, mental, emotional, or chemical stressors that your nerve system can’t handle, and you’ll blow a fuse. For instance, close to 7 million children a year end up in the hospital because of a fall or injury playing games (CDC 2009). They’re called “toddlers” for a reason! We don’t think it should cost an arm & a leg to get help when our patients have been doing everything they can to get their health on track. That’s why the Mama’s Chiropractic Plan allows for booster adjustments so you or your child can get back up and running.