Building a Foundation for Optimal Health
In some ways, one could say that chiropractic care is a bit like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. These concepts apply to your body as well, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body's foundation, than that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With chiropractic care, 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 Puyallup rehabilitation facility, our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, we will see patients once per week for 4 weeks and encourage you with a Home Stretching Program for active participation with your treatment plan.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. The goal of corrective or restorative chiropractic care is to help bring your body back to 100% functioning. We usually have patients come in once per week for 4-6 weeks, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
At this phase, you are experiencing minimal to no pain and are able to perform activities of daily living with proper spinal biomechanics. You are performing home daily stretching and exercises that continue to build upon the foundation achieved with care provided in the clinic. However, if you are not responding to care provided in the clinic facility as expected then a proper referral is made to the appropriate provider.