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Corrective Care has only ONE goal: To get your body ready for Wellness Care.
Do you want to hear a secret most chiropractors won't tell you? Getting rid of symptoms is usually the easiest part of a person's chiropractic care! It's also the least effective in terms of achieving long-term results. This is why so many people who "tried chiropractic" just a few times may think it didn't work for them. If a doctor reduces the pain of a condition but then care suddenly stops, there haven't been any real changes made to the body and the chances of a relapse are much higher. Patients looking to prevent a recurrence of their symptoms understand the need to continue receiving chiropractic care, despite the fact that their symptoms are gone.
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, our primary goal of care shifts from a focus on reducing pain and instead we concentrate our efforts on optimizing the function of your body. What are correcting? We're correcting recurrent vertebral subluxations in your spine. Since subluxations interfere with the normal function of the nervous system, systematically removing them helps to improve the overall function of your nervous system. Since the nervous controls everything in the body, as we optimize the function of your nervous system we begin to help bring your body back to functioning at 100%.
You typically won't be receiving adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care, with most patients in this phase being evaluated around four to eight times a month depending on the severity of their problem. Also, depending on your particular circumstances, Dr. Smith may start you doing specific exercises and stretches either in the office or at home to help complement your treatment and accelerate your healing.
Don't be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups of your symptoms on occasion once you're in Corrective Care. It happens; it's normal. Mild relapses usually occur during this phase because your body hasn't completely healed, but your activity is increasing. But when we expect roadblocks, we are better equipped to deal with them. Depending on your condition when you started care and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care could last anywhere from a month or two up to a year or longer.