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. It is impossible to know in advance exactly how much care you will need, it is depending on the severity of your problem. Dr. Richeson listens to each individual patient and will dig deep to find the root cause of your problem. He will make a recommendation based on his findings for how much care it will take to get you out of pain. If you choose to take your care further, that's completely up to you. If so, you will go on to Phase 2.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are retrained and strengthened to hold their new proper position. This does take time and commitment, it is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-12 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 1-2 times per month, based on your lifestyle and your goals. People who choose Wellness Care enjoy a higher quality of overall health with fewer periods of illness.