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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.
Another way of looking at it is that the body is functionally organized in three levels.
The lowest level is the passive tissue, like bones, ligaments and tendons. They are necessary, but they are at the lowest level because they don't do anything by themselves. They can only move if something pulls on them.
What pulls on bones and tendons are of course muscles. Muscles make up the second level of control because muscle is an active tissue that can change length and shape. Muscle of course include your heart and vascular system as well as your digestive tract. But a muscle will not act on its own accord.
A muscle only acts based on signals or nerve impulses from the brain and nervous system. This makes the brain and nervous system the highest and final level of control over everything that happens in your body from muscle spasms to heart arrythmias to gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
Your ability to speak and write is a neurological pattern, and so is a muscle weakness or a postural imbalance. Therefore all functional health problems are faulty neurological patterns.
Consequently all care is directed at the brain and nervous system, but while a pain may go away in a few visits it will take a while to correct a neurological pattern.
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There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks. While care is always directed at the brain, we also have to calm the tissue down with chiropractic therapies like ice and electric stimulation.
During the corrective care phase, you feel much better and muscles and other tissues are becoming more functional as the signal coordination to the brain is improved and strengthened, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Once your body has healed, and your brain and nervous system is back to adequate function, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to maintain brain balance and 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.