Laying the foundation for optimal health
Chiropractic care can be likened to 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 may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. Similarly, chiropractic care seeks to address the foundational issues—such as misalignment—that cause people to experience pain and other health issues. The three general phases of chiropractic care are:
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our Escondido chiropractic office, our first objective is to help you reduce 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 chiropractic care or adjustments 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. The goal of corrective or restorative chiropractic care is to help bring your body back to 100% functionality. It is typical to need chiropractic adjustments about 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 and you are no longer experiencing back pain or other pain symptoms, it is important to get adjusted regularly to maintain alignment and prevent pain or injury. Usually, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.