Phase 1: Relief Care

The Acute Phase

Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.

Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.

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For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.

This Phase:

  • Typically lasts 12-72 hours after the initial injury and is characterized by swelling, pain, lack of motion, 
  • and/or muscle spasm. Your body has been damaged and you feel it!
  • Minimize pain, Reduce swelling, Relax tight muscles, Begin to restore motion, Accelerate healing

Treatment can include:

  • chiropractic adjustments acupuncture, electrical modalities, soft tissue therapy 
  •  limited rest
  •  ice therapy
  • nutritional supplements specifically designed to
    reduce inflammation, minimize pain, and relax
    tight muscles

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