Day 1: During the first examination
When you visit Structural Chiropractic, information will be gathered on your condition and what your health goals are, allowing time to assess your concerns. Your medical history will be reviewed, diet, exercise, habits, etc.
An examination is given, which includes Structural posture assessment ranges of motion of the body, spinal palpation, orthopedic, and neurologic tests as needed. If there is a need for further studies, such as x-rays, this will be indicated.
Day 2: Relating Your Findings
An evaluation and review of your condition or conditions is made and your doctor will draw up a holistic care plan, advising you to follow a disciplined, safe and realistic care plan. A review of any x-rays or other special images will be performed. Chiropractic adjustments, Structural corrective measures, and exercises and stretches are given as necessary.
Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like constructing a building - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work well. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before your solid foundation, your walls would be weak and probably 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 chiropractic care*:
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you visit our clinic, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
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 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. The more severe your condition, the longer the care most likely will be.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future, to feel and function at a higher level instead of letting your body slip back into a reduced state of health. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.