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. This is what what you can expect on your first visit. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Your First Visit…During your initial visit and consultation the doctor will spend approximately 45 minutes to one full hour with you in order to determine the current problem or problems that you are seeing us for. During the initial visit and consultation, a detailed history of your problem will be obtained, and you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Next, a thorough examination will be performed including orthopedic and neurological evaluation, and functional testing, such as postural analysis, gait analysis, joint and muscle testing, as well as on-site X-ray studies, may also be utilized to formulate an accurate diagnosis and individual treatment plan. You will then be advised if your condition can be helped by chiropractic, or if it would be more appropriately managed by another health care provider.
Your Report Findings…
After your First visit, you and the doctor will discuss your individualized written treatment plan. This explanation will serve as your "map" along your "road to recovery". The discussion will include short- and long-term goal planning.Various treatment options will be explained, as well as a recommended course of care. The doctor will also explain the "Three Types of Care" and will assist you in choosing which type of care is right for you:
1. Initial Intensive Phase of Care. Most patients begin with Initial Intensive Care. Visits tend to be frequent (usually 2 - 4 times per week), so that you feel better as quickly as possible. In addition to your adjustments and exercises, the doctor may also recommend other therapies including electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and massage therapy to help speed recovery and relieve your pain. Depending upon your age, condition, and lifestyle, repeated visits over several weeks may be needed to reduce your symptoms.
2. Corrective / Restoriative Phase of Care. With most of your obvious symptoms gone, the goal of Rehabilitative Care is long-term correction of your condition. Your visit frequency will be reduced, and there will be a greater emphasis on self-care. Even after you're feeling better, joints, muscles, and other soft tissues can take weeks, or even months, to heal. Continued treatment during this phase will ensure proper healing & recovery and help to prevent a relapse.
3. Wellness Phase of Care. After you've recovered, you may choose to schedule regular chiropractic "checkups" to help maintain the improvement you've made. Like periodic visits to the dentist or optometrist, wellness care can help catch little problems before they become major concerns. Wellness care is an option that many of our patients choose to feel better, improve athletic performance, prevent injury, and save time and money in the long run. Recommended visit frequency is usually every 3 - 6 weeks, but it can vary depending upon your individual needs and lifestyle.