Laying the Foundation for Total 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 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 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, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body's foundation, than that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With chiropractic care, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our Kalispell 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, it depends on how you react to the chiropractic adjustments. Very frequently we are able to get people better faster than what is stated above. And there is never a long term commitment to be under care at our office, we will recommend what we think is best for you and your situation.
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% function (as good or better than your pre-injury state). It is typical to need chiropractic care or adjustments about 1-8 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 come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments to avoid further problems in the future. We say this because subluxations often do not have symptoms, pain is the last symptom to appear and the first to go away. Just because you feel good doesn't mean that you are functioning at your best. Usually, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1 time per month to once a year, we will not adjust you if you do not need it. Our goal is to have to treat you as little as possible to get the results everyone is happy with.