What to Expect
Laying the Foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully.
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 1-2 times per week for 3-6 weeks. Should there be a need for x-rays, we have on site, digital x-ray capability that can be completed and read in minutes. Further diagnostics (ie: MRI) and referrals may be required depending on severity and outcomes of treatment.
During this phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely and stabilize, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to continue with stretching, cardiovascular and strength exercises given by the doctor long after the pain and dysfunction is gone to develop the necessary structure for future prevention of injury.
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1 time every 4-6 weeks, based on your lifestyle and goals.