Relief care is typically the first stage of care for most patients as they will initially seek our help due to dis-ease or pain. This stage focuses on symptomatic relief of pain and other discomforts. The primary goal during this phase is to provide the individual symptomatic relief. Care focuses on those techniques which most quickly and effectively reduce pain and other discomforts. This will allow the majority of individuals to continue their activities of daily living.
Patients are generally recommended to decrease the intensity and amount of activities to allow the body to adapt and heal. However, motion is vital! The patient will need to stay mobile and functional so long as there is not a risk of further injury or tissue damage.
Rock Tape and nutritional supplements will be used to aid in the speed of recovery. These modalities serve to provide rapid decrease in inflammation and muscle spasm.
This stage of care will address tissue healing and function normalization, recreating a proper neuroplasticity. This stage will focus on correcting the problems which caused and contributed to the condition and healing and rehabilitating the tissues injured. Unless these events take place, a favorable outcome is unlikely and future recurrences of the problem are likely.
It is extremely important that the patient comply with and follow the instructions given by the doctor during this stage of care. Tissues and structures that are not fully healed and rehabilitated are prone to future problems. Sticking to appointments, complying with home exercises and instructions and following all recommendations will help insure this occurs.
Patients should also be aware that once pain and discomfort have subsided, tissue healing and functional correction is many times still incomplete and will often require additional treatments. The absence of pain is not an indicator that the body has healed and developed the ability to hold its adjustments.
Once the spinal tissues are healed and spinal biomechanics have normalized the patient will be recommended to continue with periodic spinal check ups. for some it might mean once a month, others it may mean twice a month. The determination of the frequency will depend on how long the patient can hold his or her adjustments due to past injury, current stretching and strengthening to support musculature stabilization, etc. Daily lifestyle, stress and toxins will be affecting our central nervous system constantly.
Chiropractic check ups provide similar benefits to the spine that dental check ups provide for the teeth. Catching minor problems and disturbances before they have the opportunity to cause pain, discomfort and irreversible tissue changes. Just like with cavities and heart attacks, irreversible tissue damage has generally occurred before the symptoms of spinal pain and discomfort become apparent.