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
Some patients may require only one or two treatment sessions to get back to health while others may require more. We are each unique in our ability to heal and no two injuries are exactly the same. We believe the more active the role our patients take in their care, the faster they respond and ultimately the fewer treatment sessions they usually require.
If you are in pain when you come into our 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 1-2 times per week for a determined amount of time.
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% functioning. It is typical to need chiropractic care or adjustments about 2-6 times per month, 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. At this point Dr. Bodtker likes to allow the patient to determine how often they would like to schedule. Usually, the frequency of your visits is based on your lifestyle and goals.
At Symtrio, we regard continued chiropractic care as an aid to maintaining optimal health but we do not believe in long-term treatment commitments, pre-paid service contracts, or forcing patients into unwanted care. What constitutes an ideal, ongoing treatment frequency is different for each of us. Some patients prefer to come in once every few weeks or months, once or twice per year, or only when they have hurt themselves or flared up an old injury. Where you fit into that spectrum is up to you.