1. Teaching Good Health Habits & Preventative Care
The word doctor means teacher. Teaching patients about good health habits and preventive care are duties of all members of the healing arts. As a doctor of chiropractic my job is to teach you about your condition, what causes it and how to keep it from coming back. Chiropractors are unique in that patient education has always been a major part of our treatment programs. Patient satisfaction is higher among doctors of chiropractic when compared with other health care providers for the treatment of back pain. This is primarily due to our ability to listen, educate and help the body heal itself.
Communication is one of the most important parts of any relationship. This is especially true in the doctor-patient relationship. Please let me know your thoughts about your treatment program. Let me know what makes you feel good and what activities make you hurt. The more I know about you the better I can help you. This includes your hobbies, work, family and what makes you feel stressed. Do not let your questions go unanswered. We are here for you!
3. Your Treatment Program
Each person is unique. Therefore, everyone responds to treatment differently. Some people heal quickly while others take a longer amount of time. Several factors affect how well a person responds to care. They type of work they do, their stress level, weight and health problems to name a few. Each person’s care has to be designed specifically for their needs. What works for one person may not work for someone else.
Phases of Care
Reduce Pain / Intensive Phase
Our first goal in restoring your health is to reduce your pain and improve your function to a tolerable level. This is accomplished during the Initial Intensive Phase of care when it is necessary to treat you frequently. In most cases pain relief takes about one month, which is not very long when you consider most problems have taken years to develop. Some people take longer than others to achieve pain relief. Once you are beginning to feel better, you must be very careful not to be over zealous and “test your back.” Many people will “over do it” when they start to feel better just to find themselves aggravation their condition and slowing the healing process.
Improve Function / Rehabilitative Phase
Once your pain has been reduced we will begin the Rehabilitative Phase of treatment. Your treatment will be directed toward improving function by restoring optimal strength and flexibility to the musculoskeletal system. During this phase you should be able to perform most normal daily activities without frequent aggravation of symptoms. We will implement a home exercise program to help strengthen and balance your body. During this phase of care, your treatment frequency will begin to decrease and your self-treatment responsibilities will increase. We must be a team working together toward the goal of improving your health. I can not do it all. You must do your part which includes keeping your appointment, doing your exercises and being careful during your activities of daily living.
Maintain Your Health / Wellness Phase
Once you have reached your maximum level of improvement our final goal is to maintain your health. This is achieved during the Wellness Phase of care which is perhaps the most important service we provide for our patients. Periodic examinations allow for early detection of joint and muscle dysfunction before they become painful. If allowed to go undetected and untreated, minor dysfunction can develop without symptoms until they are aggravated by work habits, lifestyles activities or other stress factors. Many times people will invest a lot of time and effort into obtaining better health just to let it slip away. Early detection and treatment are important to cost effective health care. Make the most of your investment in your health by getting regular wellness care.
Family & Friends
Do not forget your family and friends. Everyone needs to have regular spinal check-ups by a doctor of chiropractic just as they need regular dental exams, physical exams, eye exams, gynecological exams, hearing exams, etc.
Postural examination and evaluation of muscle and joint mechanics in children and young adults may show problems that would become serious in later years if allowed to go undetected and untreated. Spinal changes during development and unnoticed distortions or curvatures often exist without symptoms until they are aggravated by sports, school activities, postural habits or other stress factors. Treating minor problems is easier and cheaper than waiting until it develops into a major problem. Chiropractic check-ups should be a regular part of your family’s wellness program.