The Stages of chiropractic care
It is important to understand the phases of chiropractic care as they give the patient a better understanding of where they are in the recovery process. Because chiropractic addresses core physiological and biomechanical problems in the body without the aid of drugs or surgery it can often take some time. Some conditions may respond in a few visits, while others may take longer.
Phase 1: Intensive Relief Care
Relief care is the first stage of care as most patients initially go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. The primary goal during this short initial stage is to provide the individual with symptomatic relief. Treatments focus on those techniques and therapies which most quickly and effectively reduce pain, discomfort and immobility. This will allow the majority of individuals to continue their activities of daily living whilst on the road to recovery. Patients are generally recommended to stay mobile and functional so long as there is not a risk of further injury or tissue damage. Therapies that reduce inflammation and muscle spasm are also used during this stage.
Intensive care can last anything form a few days to several weeks, but this process will usually require two to three treatments within the space of a week.