What is Chiropractic?
"Chiropractic" comes from the Greek work chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hands." Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. As a chiropractor, I will look to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body, which is functioning improperly.
Laying the foundation
Many of my patients tell me they have tried to correct a back, neck, shoulder or knee problem with exercise or physical therapy with little or no lasting results. 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. 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. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Pain Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, our first objective is to identify your problem areas, provide chiropractic manipulation along with therapy (if necessary) to help you feel better and start the correction process. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is not unusual to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective Care
During the chiropractic corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic spinal adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. It is important to remember the body must have normal nervous system function and these systems must be maintained to have good health.