Many people have misconceptions about chiropractic. Some have likened it to a massage. Others believe that once you go to the chiropractor, you always have to go.
At Agape Chiropractic, every patient is different and has unique needs. But for the most part, after your reviewing your history, the chiropractor will perform a chiropractic exam. Sometimes x-rays are taken. However, conservative care and avoiding excess radiation is the rule.
Based on exam findings, the doctor of chiropractic will discuss with each patient their unique needs and recommendations. This will likely include chiropractic adjustments and specific exercises with instructions for at home exercises and care.
There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 1 to 3 times per week. Sometimes patients feel better after the first visit. But with severe injuries and problems, it may take 4-12 weeks or even longer. This phase is symptom based.
After relief care, many people desire to take their spine health to the next level
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
At Agape Chiropractic, corrective care is optional. During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely and adapt to them improved function of your spine. This helps prevent injury and maximize physical performanace.
The corrective phase is more of a coaching phase with the chirolpractor. Adjustments are given as needed, usually about 1 time per week depending on the condition of the spine.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, wellness care invovles getting your spine checked occassionally to maintain maximal function and performance. It is like going to the dentist for a cleaning even when things don't hurt.
The visit frequency for wellness (aka "maintenance") care is largely based on lifestyle and goals. Those that care for their spines daily at home need less maintenance care.