Try to imagine that your body is like a dam and that the rain is the stress in your life. I mean physical, emotional, dietry and environmental. Now since we all have stress, to varying degrees, we can't stop it from raining. As a result eventually our dam fills up and then starts to overflow. This is equivalent to early symptoms. If ignored the dam wall will break and you land up in my clinic in severe pain. We then start the process as set out below to rebuild the dam, but to prevent further occurrences we need to open the sluice gates on a regular basis to release some water out of the dam and down the river. This is the effect of a regular preventative WELLNESS treatment.
We are all taught from the cradle to the grave that, "if we are hurting, we need to do something about it, and if we are not, then we are OK". You must understand that the presence or absence of symptoms (usually pain) is not a criterion of your total health. You will usually get rid of your symptoms before you get rid of your problem.
- THE RELIEF / CRISIS CONTROL PHASE: - The goal in this stage is to obtain relief from the acute symptoms as quickly as possible. Frequent adjustments are required during this initial period of about four weeks.
- THE STABILISING / STRENGTHENING PHASE: - Once the acute symptoms have been brought under control, the goal is to stabilize the spinal misalignments whilst the initial tissue healing takes place. In accomplishing this, the early return of the original symptoms is greatly reduced. Visits become less frequent as spinal stability improves in weeks 5-8.
- THE RECONSTRUCTIVE / REHABILITATIVE PHASE: - This phase deals with rebuilding and restoring the normal nerve and structural functions of the whole body by spinal manipulations and health education. The frequency of treatments depends on the amount of rehab required, and the rate of healing of your own body in weeks 9-12.
- THE PREVENTATIVE / MAINTENANCE PHASE: - Once improved function has been restored, it is important that it be maintained. Joints are designed for one thing only i.e. movement. Any joint which is not moving properly (this can be too much or too little movement) will begin to deteriorate. Regular spinal checks reveal any changes or deterioration taking place and allows for prompt intervention before more serious problems develop. The frequency of visits may vary from once a month to once every three months, depending upon various factors associated with your condition.
In common with medical practitioners and dentists, all chiropractors are registered by law under the Chiropractors Act; 1994, and the title 'Chiropractor' is protected under this legislation. The profession is statutorily regulated through the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practice as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.