Stages of Chiropractic Care


The recommended course of chiropractic care is based on the severity of the health issues the patient is experiencing, expressed in stages.

Acute Stage (or Severe Chronic Phase):

Initial intensive care is needed. The primary focus is to reduce or eliminate the most obvious symptoms often related to disc narrowing, calcium deposition, bone spurs, and nerve irritation, or injury due to trauma. An integrated combination of chiropractic manipulation (and/or use of an activator), light traction using a special traction table, electrical stimulation and ice or heat treatments is usually recommended 3 times a week for 4-6 weeks. Massage therapy and acupuncture may also be utilized to address pain issues and promote healing. Rehabilitative exercises are recommended to accompany treatments. Once severe symptoms of a chronic conditions are addressed, the patient will typically move to the chronic care stage.

Moderate Stage:

Corrective care is needed due to misalignment and malfunction with soft tissue damage and nerve irritation. Usually requires a course of chiropractic manipulation (and/or use of an activator), light traction using a special traction table, electrical stimulation and ice or heat treatments 2 times a week for 4-6 weeks. When your ache or pain diminishes, the objective of the treatment is to stabilize spinal function and promote a more complete healing. Muscles and soft tissues of the spine are strengthened during this stage of care, helping to avoid a relapse. Massage therapy and acupuncture may also be utilized to address pain issues and promote healing.

Rehabilitative exercises are recommended to accompany treatments.

Chronic Stage:

Spinal malfunctions that have gone unaddressed for a long time, that involve joint immobilization, bone fusion, nerve atrophy, and scar tissue, or severe injury require a significant commitment in order for the patient to get better. Commonly, treatments 2-3 times a week are required, possibly up to six months or more due to the amount of healing time and re-training of the body needed to address a serious injury or the damage associated with a long-standing condition. Massage therapy and acupuncture may also be utilized to address pain issues and promote healing. Rehabilitative exercises are recommended to accompany treatments.

Wellness or Maintenance Care Stage:

With the maximum restoration of spinal function, many patients enjoy regular chiropractic checkups and massage therapy to maintain good spine health and neuromuscular functioning. This type of preventative wellness care can save time and money by keeping minor problems from becoming more serious and usually involves monthly treatments.

Preventative Care Stage:

Annual checkups, including full exams and diagnostic testing, are recommended. Like brushing your teeth, eating wholesome foods, and other healthy habits, regular chiropractic checkups and massage therapy make sense.

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