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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.
In chiropractic there are many theories based on the science, science states your spine is made up of 24 movable bones, comprised of your neck, mid-back, low back and pelvis. Your spine allows your body to move as a unit, to twist, turn, reach up and down, if one bone in your spine isn't moving like it should, or is "stuck" aka a subluxation, the areas above and below that subluxation now have to carry more of the load of your spine.
The spine's number one priority is to protect your spinal cord which starts at your brain and extends down your spine which has exiting nerves that are in charge of your muscles, tendons, organs and joints, to name a few. Therefore, when your bones become "stuck" or subluxated, that nerve which exits the area cannot communicate to the muscle, tendon, organ or joint it is in charge of and the function of the area is decreased, not working at the optimal state your body needs it to.
At Valley Spine Center, we are able to adjust the area of subluxation to allow for the communication of your nerves to work optimally and allow your body to work at its maximal capacity. Here, we have three general phases of care, which consist of the following:
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better, to get you out of the pain you are experiencing. Depending on the severity of your condition, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
The corrective care phase helps to prevent your condition to worsen or come back as frequently. When your bones become stuck for a period of time, the surrounding musculature has to compensates for the subluxation or the area of the spine that is not moving. Therefore, the communication the nerve has a specific joint, muscle, tendon or organ, "forgets" to do its job. By continuing with chiropractic care, our goal is to allow your bones to remember the normal place it needs to be in which will allow the nerve to work optimally. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months in the corrective/restorative care, depending on your overall health and the severity of your condition.
The importance of wellness care is to make sure your spine is moving as optimally as it should to decrease the chance that the condition that was helped with pain relief and/or corrective care does not return to the full condition it once was. Therefore, once your body has fully healed from the previous care, it is important to come in for bi-monthly or monthly chiropractic adjustments to avoid future problems. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.