Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully.
There are four general phases of chiropractic care:
Phase 1: Initial Intensive Care
There is scar tissue (fibrosis) around your joints, tendons, and muscles due to years of chronic subluxations. It's difficult for your body to hold its adjustments.
- Your spine and structural system are weak and unstable
- Spinal and structural degeneration
- Height loss, tightness, premature aging
- Your energy is low
- You are less able to adapt to stress
Phase 2: Corrective/Spinal Healing Care
Corrective Care helps your vertebrae, nerves, discs, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other structures strengthen and heal.
- Less intense subluxation damage
- Consistent subluxation correction is needed
- Height loss slows or stops, flexibility improves, as do physical and emotional overall well-being
- Energy flows better; your breath is deeper
- Spinal and structural degeneration has halted and may be decreasing
Phase 3: Continued Corrective Care
Your body is increasing in flexibility and strength. By having chiropractic checkups on a regular basis, many of the problems caused by years of subluxation damage can be corrected and prevented.
- Your body is healing its chronic subluxation damage
- Your adjustments are "holding" for longer periods, permitting increased healing
- Spinal degeneration is reversing
- Your energy level is increasing
- You notice you are handling stress better
Phase 4: Health Optimization
Your body is flexible and moves in a fluid motion. Regular care helps you maintain your good health.
- Your spinal column, nervous system, and structural system are balanced and stable
- You are better able to adapt to your physical, emotional and chemical stresses
- You have more energy
- Your body functions at a higher level of resistance to disease
- You are more sensitive to your movement
- You feel increased sensitivity to life