Laying the Foundation for Total Health
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 three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Dr. Mason will do his best to minimize or resolve your symptoms as soon as possible. He often refers to this phase of care as "putting the fire out." Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need daily adjustements or care 2-3 times per week for some time. The healthier you are, the quicker you respond.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-12 months to completely correct or restore spinal alingment and postural distortions. The duration of corrective care depends on your overall health and the severity of your problem. How long as this problem been there or adding up over the years? Will you have to overcome poor posture "memory" and retrain your alingment? How many lifestyle factors or habits will you need to change? How well do you eat? How often do you exercise? There are many variables in this thing called life that will either accelerate or impede your progress towards complete restoration and optimal health.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. A wellness adjustment is often referred to as maintenance care. Think of it as prevention. Wellness adjustments to your spine and nervous system are just as important as brushing your teeth to prevent cavities in your mouth; wellness care is also analogous to changing the oil and rotating the tires of your car. It will prevent asymptomatic or "silent" subluxations or misalingments from creating joint arthritis, pain and kinks in the nervous system.
It's Your Life... Live it in Health!
Dr. David Mason
Franklin Chiropractor | Mason Chiropractic Health & Wellness | 615-794-9155
1441 New Highway 96 West Suite 3
Franklin, TN 37064