During the initial exam, your condition, your age, lifestyle, attitude and many other factors are evaluated, recorded and compared with similar cases. Each plays a role in the recommendations we make for your care program.
A plane needs enough speed to take off. So too with our initial recommendations: If the visits are too far apart, we won’t create enough momentum to reverse the downward trend. If the visits are too frequent, the body doesn’t have enough time to put the adjustments to use. There’s a real skill in picking the right balance between too frequent and not frequent enough.
Sometimes we may need to re-evaluate, but the goal is always to help you achieve your desired outcomes to health and well-being.
Get patched up and address a very immediate need!
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms and help you feel better. Sometimes this will require daily visits or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that, if they don’t feel any pain, then 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 appear only after a disease or another condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Structural care is a short-term care plan and patients often experience a significant resolution of physical pain symptoms. They also tend to notice increased range of motion and ease in movement. Additionally, they often report some improvement in sleep and energy levels, as well as slight improvements in mood.
Address the deeper problems that are causing your symptoms!
Foundational care will address the underlying causes of your pain, discomfort, or disease. Many of the factors that caused your pain are likely to be lifestyle related, so by addressing these concerns on deeper levels, you will be able to respond more effectively to the physical, chemical, and emotional stresses put onto or into your body. You’re going to need to put some long term effort in to see lasting results. This will include things like exercises and stretches at home, stress management, and changing other lifelong habits.
Patients in the Foundational Care Program, report more pronounced improvements in pain and injuries. They also report better sleep, improvements in their focus, digestion, mood, anxiety and immune health. It also helps with the speed of recovery and an increase in adaptability.
Since your pain is a lot better now, you may not be seeing me as much anymore, which can make it easy to lose focus and motivation around your health. But if you really want to step out of that cycle of pain and lethargy for the rest of your life, you need to ask yourself “Has the treatment stopped working or have I stopped working at it?”
If you recognise this feeling, communicate and be honest with me, so I can help you through it. I’m always here to support you, but sadly there’s no silver bullet for all your problems, and better health will take an ongoing commitment. Commitment is always a little scary!
Optimise your mind, body and spirit!
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person’s care. 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 gone.
Transformational care is for people who are looking to make lasting changes on their health and also in their lives. As your body and mind get used to their new state of wellness, it becomes easier and you hardly notice the effort at all. Sooner than you think, you’ll be achieving those goals we spoke about in our first session, whether it’s running a marathon, or just being able to run around with the kids again, and you’ll know it’s all worth it.
On these days, you might not physically see me very often, maybe once a month or so for a tune up, but this is a good thing. I’ll keep on supporting you, of course, helping you through those little hurdles and remembering how and why you came this far in the first place. I’ll be reaching out through the blog, Facebook, family fitness events, and more.
Congratulations, you’ve broken the pain spiral for good, and I couldn’t be happier for you!