Many factors determine how fast and how well you will heal. The severity and duration of your injury or illness, and your adherence to your treatment recommendations, all determine how quickly you will heal, and weather you will suffer with residual problems. Underlying conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia etc, along with stress, poor diet and incorrect postures, can all cause the healing process to be prolonged.
1 - Pain Relief Phase
Most people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In the relief phase of care, the goal is to reduce your pain and symptoms as quickly as possible. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, treatment may be required two to three per week until the pain has greatly subsided or is gone.
Most people feel that if their pain is gone their problem is resolved and they are cured. Unfortunately, pain is only a part of most conditions, in fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or spinal condition has become advanced.
For example, consider heart disease, you don’t get chest pain until your arteries are substantially blocked, the pain can come and go depending on your activity, when you are not having pain, it does not mean your arteries have cleared. If you do not follow the recommended therapy you can have dire consequences. Regardless of whether you are talking about heart disease, high blood pressure, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, however, much of the underlying condition remains, and needs to be addressed.
2 - Correction/Restoration Phase
Elimination of symptoms is the easiest part of a persons care, even if it takes some time to achieve. If you stop treatment at this point, the chances of your painful symptoms recurring are much greater. You have to understand your condition is still unstable, and it takes time for your tissues to heal properly. 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 care, frequency of therapy will slowly be decreased, and you will increase your exercises and stretches to continue to accelerate you’re healing, and help strengthen and stabilize your condition.
You may experience mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is a normal occurrence 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 care may take some time.
3 - Supportive/wellness Phase
With certain conditions or with underlying degenerative processes, your painful condition may continue to recur, to prevent your condition from returning to its original painful and debilitating state, supportive treatment may be necessary
Once your body has fully healed, periodic wellness chiropractic care can help keep your physical problems from recurring, and help to keep your body in optimal condition. Exercise, proper nutrition and chiropractic care can help you maintain a healthy life. Routine chiropractic care helps you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer from, especially as you age. Your spinal joints and muscles will function better, allowing you to continue enjoying all of the activities you love.