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 2: Rehabilitative Care
Muscle and other soft tissue damage often remains long after the original symptoms have improved as tissue healing and functional correction is still incomplete. During this second phase the chiropractor focuses on stabilising and strengthening the spine so that the patient is a lot more comfortable. Patients who choose to discontinue care at this time are more likely to have the symptoms come back weeks or even months later. This can, in most cases, be prevented with the proper rehabilitation and treatment plan. Correcting the problems and lifestyle issues which caused and contributed to the onset of the condition will help dramatically in this process
During this phase, which lasts from a few weeks to several months, the patients do not require treatment as frequently as in phase 1, with the time between treatments being successively extended to allow the body to start to take care of itself. During this phase it is also advisable to do exercise and stretching to further enhance the progress made.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion as this is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed yet. The time of healing depends largely on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it. This phase usually lasts 4-8 weeks