Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually 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 come into our office, 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.
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. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
Can you imagine the severe health consequences of allowing your spine to degenerate to this level?
|Abnormal Cervical Spine||Abnormal Lumbar Spine|
These x-rays are of a man who first came to my office at 75 years of age. He had no idea the extent of damage that had occurred to his spine and had never been to a chiropractor before. Upon reviewing his films he became angry that no other doctor had bothered to show and explain the problem. He asked, "Why didn't anybody tell me about this forty years ago when I could have done something about it?" He requested that I show his x-rays to as many people as possible and warn them to take action when they are young. I have faithfully done this for over ten years.
Spinal misalignments (subluxations) can cause slow but definite devastating neurological damage leading to a myriad of health problems. I advise: Take care of your spine now and in the future.
Don't put off handling a health problem as it will only worsen. When we are young we think ourselves to be invincible and that there is plenty of time…but that's a lie!
Here is an example of a subluxated cervical spine (the neck) of a 12 year old girl.
|Before chiropractic care||After chiropractic care|
Thankfully she and her parents understood the benefits of correcting the problem and the consequences of doing nothing or waiting for horrible symptoms to appear. After a short course of treatment we were able to obtain great results for her. As you can see from the next x-ray, she regained the curve which allows for proper nerve function and biomechanical integrity.
The consequences of never checking your spine or allowing a problem to progress untreated can be devastating. Please have you and your family's spines checked today!
|Normal Cervical Spine||Abnormal Cervical Spine|
|Normal Thoracic Spine||Abnormal Thoracic Spine|
|Normal Lumbar Spine||Abnormal Lumbar Spine|
These abnormal x-rays show severe slippage of vertebrae, Scoliosis, massive degeneration of joints, discs, and severe neurological compromise.