Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. The great thing about the chiropractic adjustment is that it does help reduce pain, but its main goal is actually corrective in nature. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are reduced or gone.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either in our clinic or at home to help accelerate your healing. If further expertise in strengthening and/or stabilizing care is needed, we may refer you to physical therapy.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
One last thing, most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after an injury, disease or other condition has become advanced. Many people begin chiropractic care in this second, or corrective stage. They are not in much pain, but know they aren't functioning as well as they should be. Reach out to us to learn more if you feel this applies to you.