Thumbs Up to Relief
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, 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, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
As injuries happen, muscles surrounding joints and vertebrae tighten, protecting and stabilizing the damaged tissue. This causes stiffness and reduced mobility in these areas. In phase one of care, our chiropractor at HealthQuest of Murray gently helps muscles to relax, allowing the joints and vertebrae to be aligned properly, reducing the rigidity and loss of range of motion.
Teaming Up for Optimal Health
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person’s care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. To prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
Once your chiropractor determines your body is ready, he will switch his focus on strengthening, stretching, and re-educating your body for proper balance, biomechanics, and functionality. Receiving regular manual adjustments from your chiropractor during this phase greatly increases the outcome of active care. Your chiropractor will also educate you on proper nutrition, water intake, and at-home exercises so you can fully maintain progress made outside our clinic.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur 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 your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Maintenance is the Key to Healthy Living
Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure your physical problems do not return and keep your body in optimal function and health. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the wellbeing of your musculoskeletal system.
When you continue your routine chiropractic care throughout your life, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer, and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.