What to Expect — Chiropractic
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. There are three general phases of chiropractic care.
Phase 1: Relief 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.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, 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.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to 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.
What to Expect — Functional Medicine
Become most of our functional medicine patients, present with complex and/or chronic issues, a detailed investigation and analysis is necessary.
Phase 1: Review of Previous Medical Records
In order to initiate care at our office, we must have all prior medical records. This tells Dr. Thompson what your health challenges have been in the past and what treatment was performed. It gives Dr. Thompson a snapshot of “where you were.”
Phase 2: Lab Testing
This will consist of a comprehensive blood and/or saliva analysis that gives Dr. Thompson information about your current health status. Essentially it tells Dr. Thompson “where you are now.”
Phase 3: Treatment Protocol
Based on your specific lab findings, a treatment protocol will be created to address you individual needs. These may include nutritional recommendations, lifestyle modifications, exercises suggestions and so on. It will also include the use of nutritional supplementation to “rehab” the part of your body that is not functioning in the ideal range. Periodic check-ins will be scheduled to monitor your progress.