PHASES OF CARE
Phase One: Relief Care
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time. When you begin chiropractic care, pain can be one of the first symptoms to disappear. Unfortunately, the underlying condition can remain. It is important to keep recommended appointments with Dr. Williams, even after your pain has disappeared.
Phase Two: Corrective Care
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person’s care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone. During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the office or at home to help accelerate your healing. Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed.
Phase Three: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can keep your body in optimal condition and help ensure your physical problems do not return. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system. When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains, your joints will last longer, and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.