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 may eventually 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 and physical therapy addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body's foundation, then that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. At American Integrated Healthcare our team of Chiropractors and Physical Therapists combine chiropractic care and physical therapy to help strengthen and repair our patient’s body returning them to normal functional mobility.
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our clinic, our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care or adjustments 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks along with physical therapy to help decrease inflammation and restore functional mobility from present injuries. Physical therapy also works in conjunction to strengthen the muscles to help maintain corrections made by the chiropractic adjustments performed on the musculoskeletal system.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. The goal of corrective or restorative treatment is to help bring your body back to 100% functioning. It is typical to need chiropractic care along with physical therapy modalities and exercises about 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed and you are no longer experiencing back pain or other pain symptoms, it is important to come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments to avoid further problems in the future. Usually, this phase of care only requires a quick visit to the Chiropractor and/or Physical Therapist 1-4 times per month to maintain the corrections and proper range of motion, based on your lifestyle and goals.