Laying the Foundation for Total 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 . . .
Your Initial Appointment
If you are in pain when you come into our St. Joseph chiropractic office, our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. The initial appointment consists of a consultation designed for Dr. Kraig to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals. This will include an Initial Examination where Dr. Kraig will perform a complete chiropractic exam testing your range of motion & flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, & physical tests will be performed as well.
Since the majority of people seeking chiropractic care are doing so because of pain, it is necessary to take x-rays in order to determine the cause of symptoms. Our office is proud to offer the latest technology: on-site digital radiology. Instead of x-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image. X-rays are important because they allow the doctor to see a visual of your spinal condition. Through x-rays, the doctor can determine the health of your spine as well as signs of disease or fractures, dislocations or subluxations, arthritis, infections, or if tumors are present. He will also evaluate posture, the joints of the spine, and the condition of the discs. Dr. Kraig will then give you a detailed verbal report of all your x-ray findings and answer any questions you may have.
Phase 1: Relief Care
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, and/or soft tissue massage. During the relief phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. The goal of relief care is to get you out of pain and feeling better as soon as possible. The frequency of your visits and the length of this initial phase of care varies depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
Once your initial pain has been reduced or resolved, you will begin Phase 2. During this phase we will be increasing the time between your visits while encouraging you to begin any recommended rehabilitation exercises or other home care activities. The goal of Phase 2 is to help you improve until you feel as good as you possibly can, and then begin the process of strengthening and stabilizing your spine to prevent future injuries.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed and you are no longer experiencing back pain or other pain symptoms, you have the option of putting your chiropractic care on hold until you begin to experience symptoms again, or you can choose to continue with periodic chiropractic visits to help maintain your health and wellness. Usually, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor based on your lifestyle and goals.