Laying the foundation
Integrated rehabilitative care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. 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 integrated multidisciplinary 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 3-5 times per week for 4-12 weeks. During this phase, the patient's symptoms are addressed. During this time care will consist of chiropractic (and possibly acupuncture) relief care, as well as physiological therapeutics to reduce any pain, swelling and spasm that are present. We always start as least invasive as we can to get the desired results, and build up from there.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-6 weeks, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. Also during this phase, strengthening and neuromuscular re-education exercises are employed to gain strength and stability of the affected areas.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.