Have you ever asked yourself, “Why should I see a chiropractor that often?”. If so, below we’ll break it down into easy-to-understand phases of chiropractic care.
In one of our previous articles, we answered the question “How often should you see a chiropractor”. One could say, this is the reasoning behind the frequency of care. If you haven’t had a chance to read the previous post, you can do that HERE.
If you’re still wondering how chiropractic care works and why should you see a chiropractor check this out!
Do you have to see a chirorpactor forever?
People have the misconception that once you start going to a chiropractor, they force you to see them forever. Although that might be the case with some offices, at PEAKiropractic, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In order to understand the reasoning behind the frequency of care, we need to first understand the purpose of care and the different phases.
The 3 stages of chiropractic care:
- 1st Phase: Relief or Pumping the breaks
- 2nd Phase: Recovery or Driving back up
- 3rd Phase: Wellness care or Staying on the road
1st Phase of Chiropractic Care: Relief or Pumping the breaks
To explain the different phases of chiropractic care we will use the analogy of a car going downhill.
The car is your health problem that has taken a turn for the worse. Just like the car that’s going downhill, we need to first pump the breaks to stop the progression of this downslide.
You don’t just press on the breaks once and hope the car stops, right? You are going to push on the brake pedal continuously until the car comes to a stop.
Just like breaking downhill, the frequency of care needs to be high. The further apart treatments are in this stage of care, the less breaking is happening. As a result, it might take longer to come to a complete stop. It might even never stop since there is not sufficient breaking. It all depends on how long your health condition has been going on and other factors that complicate the case. In other words, how steep is this downhill and are there any curves?
When someone is in this stage of care, we typically ask to see them about 3-4 times a week. In our experience, this frequency of treatment gives the body enough time between appointments to assimilate the changes we induced and begin the healing process. As this happens, the patient starts experiencing changes in their bodies. Most often people notice less pain and increased range of motion at this stage.
At times, people will start feeling better after they get their health to stop going downhill. They start feeling confident in themselves and stop treatment. That is when their health is in a vulnerable position. With just a slight push you can easily head back to the bottom of the hill. This is why we encourage our patients to move into the next phase of care which is recovery.
2nd Phase of Chiropractic Care: Recovery or Driving Back up
Keeping the same analogy, now the car is at a complete stop at the middle of the hill.
We want our patients to reach new heights with their health. That means moving their health towards the top.
This phase of care may be difficult in the beginning but the payout, in the end, is worth it.
Just like you need to fight gravity and the weight of the car to get it moving towards the PEAK, you will need to make lifestyle changes and adjustments to the things that made your health go downhill in the first place.
Changing old habits and forming new ones is not the easiest thing to do, but with internal motivation and the proper guidance, it will seem like the only option.
Some people are satisfied with just being out of pain and so they never get on the road to full recovery.
That is ok. Your Health is Your Decision and Your Responsibility.
If you want to regain what you have lost, we will show you the road to the top and guide you through it!
In the beginning, the road may be difficult and a little bumpy. That’s why we ask to see you about 2 times a week. This gives your body a little more time to assimilate the changes and we can prevent you from slipping back down. At some point, the road to the top will start straightening out and the ground will be smooth. That is when we move into the next phase.
3rd Phase of Chiropractic Care: Wellness or Maintenance
Wellness care is not for everyone.
Some people may just want to just get out of pain. You may have decided to regain what you lost. So, you go through the recovery phase and you’re living life in ease.
There are people that always want to feel that way! Living life to its fullest.
This is the kind of people that believe in “Die young, as late as possible”.
These are the people that want to improve themselves and are constantly pushing towards to better self.
Wellness care looks different for everyone. For some, it’s getting treated every two weeks, for others it’s once every two months.
We have seen that most people choose to be seen once a month. That is to maintain the health they have found and are happy with.
There is the reason behind our recommendations for the different phases of chiropractic care.
If you want to make sure everything is functioning as it should, but you also want to change/rotate the wheels, we recommend getting a massage therapy session once a month. Interchanging the two will help always push you in the right direction.
To sign up for the massage membership or to be a patient, contact us HERE.