After your initial assessment, Dr. Anita will go over a Report of Findings and discuss what type of care you need.
Each person's care is determined on their symptoms and spinal health.
Relief care is provided for immediate pain and discomfort. The main objective of both the doctor and the patient is to `make them feel better' (or more comfortable).
At this stage visits to the office may be frequent and adjustments may be combined with other procedures to assist the healing.Depending on the patient's age, condition and lifestyle, repeated visits over weeks or months may be needed to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
This type of care treats long term spinal problems. Once symptoms have subsided, it is essential that the patient continue care to stabilize their spine and promote more complete healing. This is done during the corrective stage.
Even though a patient may feel better, muscle and other soft tissue damage often remain. During this stage of care a patient may be encouraged to supplement their treatment with exercises or other self-care procedures like walking, dietary or lifestyle improvement.
Supportive or Maintenance Care
This type of care helps patients maintain and enjoy the benefits they have achieved from relief and corrective care. After optimum spinal function is reached, regular chiropractic checkups are often recommended to help keep the spine as healthy as possible.
Wellness minded adults choose this type of care for themselves and their children to help look and feel their best. As with other preventive health measures,
Maintenance Care can save time and money by helping a patient stay well. Regular care will help promote:
A healthy, properly functioning nervous system
A strong and properly functioning immune system
Sometimes an assistant will become aware that a patient is about to discontinue maintenance care. Often this is because they do not fully understand the value of maintenance care or the rationale behind it. It is part of the assistant’s responsibility to use the occasion to remind patients of the importance of regular adjustments, just like a regular dental checkup or eye examination is part of a healthy lifestyle and sensible preventive health care.
It is important to encourage every patient, but one must always remember that, once they have been presented with the facts, the ultimate responsibility for health is their own. The decision is theirs to make, and it is sensible and courteous to respect their personal choice.