Relief and Corrective Care

It is extremely important you first understand that one visit will not “cure” you or reduce your symptoms 100%. While some people do experience almost instant relief, others discover that the healing process can take weeks or even months.

Relief Care is better than no care at all. It is the same as drying a floor that was getting wet from a leak, but not fixing the leak. This simply means that a patient decides to come for treatment only as long as it takes to get out of pain. However, Relief Care tends to be an ongoing cycle. Pain relief is achieved, but the underlying spinal structural problem has not been completely corrected and stabilized. The pain/symptoms return after a period of time. This leads to more visits to achieve relief again. Many patients may choose relief care often due to financial or time considerations, or perhaps a personal philosophy rooted in the old “no pain, no problem” mindset that has become so prevalent in our culture.

Corrective care differs from relief care in that its goal is to get rid of the symptoms/pain while correcting the cause of the problem. Corrective care varies in its length or time, but is more lasting. Once your symptoms are gone, it is important to realize that lack of pain does not equal stability. Pain relief is merely the first part of the process. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition, your age and overall fitness level, this phase of your care may vary in length. We will formulate a plan specific to your case and periodically re-evaluate you so that we can objectively determine how you are progressing.

In addition to skeletal misalignment seen in subluxations, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. We teach special exercises and stretches designed to restore strength and flexibility to problem areas as well as to improve posture. These exercises and stretches teach you to help strengthen and correct your own unique problem. We teach these to you in the clinic, but they can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your chiropractic care by as much as 30-40%.

We often find that certain habits have to be changed for long-term corrective changes to be allowed to take place. Often, we may “coach” our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. This may include ergonomic tips for your computer workstation or advising you on your sleeping posture. Our goal is to make sure that you’re not doing things in your daily routine that would counteract your care.

Finally, it is important to recognize that your diet may play a large role in your overall pain level. If it is part of your healthcare goals, we can provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance not only the results of your chiropractic care but also to restore your overall health.At the end of a corrective care plan, we will take new X-rays of your spine and compare them back to your original set to determine if stability has been achieved or not.  Often, patients that have been through a corrective care plan see structural changes on their X-rays that they would have not thought possible.  

Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups during your course of treatment. This is normal. They occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed and you are still going through many of the very same activities of daily living that helped cause the problem in the first place.

Whether or not you want Relief Care of Corrective care is entirely up to you. Regardless of your decision, we’re here to help you achieve your individual health goals.