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What to Expect
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 four phases to chiropractic care . . .
If you are in pain when you come into our Easthampton chiropractic office, our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. This is accomplished by lifting the pressure off of the nerves that are contributing to or causing your pain. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care or adjustments in this phase 2-3 times per week for 6-10 weeks.
The goal of phase 2 is to correct the underlying structural problem(s), what chiropractors call subluxation(s), that caused you to have pain and/or symptoms in the first place. This phase is where the muscles and soft tissues have to do a lot of healing to allow for the joints to re-align correctly. You typically have a lot less pain in this phase because there is not as much pressure on the nerves as in the relief phase. This phase may require treatments from 1-2 times per week and can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks.
The goal of stabilization care is to strengthen the musculature and connective tissues around the areas of concern. You will typically have very little or no pain in this phase because the pressure on the nerves is gone by this phase, but the joints are still unstable and need to be stabilized. This phase includes specific tailored exercises that you will do at home. This phase may require treatments from 2-4 times per month and can take anywhere from 4-6 months.
Once your condition(s) is/are stable it is recommended that you come for periodic chiropractic adjustments to maintain your health. Once patients reach this phase, even if they experience an aggravation, they tend to recover more quickly and keep their health much longer than when they first came in for treatment. The treatment schedule for this phase really depends on how you respond to care. Some patients require weekly visits and some monthly. It all depends on you and how you respond!