START OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Many people look for a chiropractor because they are in pain. At NOVA Spine & Wellness Clinic, we can help relieve back pain, joint pain, headaches, frozen shoulder, sports injuries and many more. But removing pain does not mean that the underlying condition has resolved. Our mission is to help your body repair itself and help you build strong foundations for your health.
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 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.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE STAGES:
1. INITIAL CONSULTATION
At your initial consultation your chiropractor will take a detailed case and medical history. You will undergo a thorough physical examination to assess the source of your complaint. This will include a postural analysis and specific chiropractic tests.
2. REPORT OF FINDINGS
Your doctor will give you an explanation of the findings including a treatment plan, prognosis and associate risks. All of your findings will be presented to you in a clear and simple way to help you understand the underlying cause of your condition. Any questions you may have will be fully addressed as it is important you are fully informed before deciding to consent to chiropractic care. Any recommendations for home care or exercises explained.
If you are in pain when you come into our office, our first objective is to help you reduce your pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, it is typical for a patient to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks. 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 corrective 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 center 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. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Once your body has fully healed, routine care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. 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 spinal care and/or injury rehabilitation care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine wellness care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities that you love. Maintenance care is key to healthy living.