In order to stabilize and/or resolve the initial condition(s) that brought you to my office, I will create a Corrective Care Program for you after your initial evaluations are complete. This program will include the care that you need to get your nervous system functioning at a more optimal level. Often patients will notice they start to feel better than they have in years within a short time of the start of their Corrective Care Program – they tell me they are able to do things that they haven’t done for a long time. Others tell me they notice they are sleeping better, have fewer colds and illnesses, and recover faster from athletic/physical activities or emotional stresses like never before. Long term, many patients notice that their bodies are functioning so much better and they feel so well that they can hardly believe it; they often tell me they wished they had come in to see me sooner.
Once your original condition(s) that brought you to my office is/are resolved and/or stabilized, and your nervous system is functioning at a more optimal and efficient level, you will “graduate” to our Wellness Care Program where I will schedule you for on-going care that most often is less frequent than in your Corrective Care Program.
Sometimes people will ask me why it is that patients need on-going care, even beyond the original complaints that brought them to my office in the first place. This is a good question because it gets at the heart of what we know about health and how we come by “good health”. The answer is not just simply – “it’s for prevention” or “it’s a good idea for long-term health”. The real answer lies within knowing how our bodies heal and repair.
Over the years of being a chiropractor, I have learned so much about how our bodies work. Now, if you have read what I’ve written already on my website you know that our nervous system controls every function of our bodies, and that we are designed to self-heal and self-regulate. For example, have you ever wondered how our body immediately begins to heal a cut? Have you ever wondered how your body knows how to breathe for you, digest for you or knows when to go to sleep – all of which your body does without you having to tell it to do anything?
All these functions are controlled by a part of your nervous system called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). In Chiropractic we have found that all healing and regulation are governed by the ANS and the innate intelligence that you possess for healing, repairing and regulating is expressed through the ANS. We also have found that our bodies heal and repair from Above, Down, Inside and Out (ADIO) – from your brain, down through your spinal cord, and out through your spinal nerves to all your organs, tissues, and cells. In addition, we have learned that we heal and repair the best (or most optimally) when we are not under stress.
So, that begs the question, when are we not under stress? I am not just talking about emotional stresses. I am talking about physical stresses – like gravity, or repetitive motions like texting on your smartphone, or sitting at a desk for several hours, or lying in a bed for hours, or repetitively bending and lifting, or beginning to walk as a young child, or sitting in a wheelchair for hours, or any number of countless tasks we do daily. I’m also talking about chemical stresses that we live with every day – like the foods that we ingest, or the drugs that we may take, or the chemicals we are exposed to in our environment (ever wonder about the chemicals that it took to make the clothing that you wear?). Finally, I’m talking about emotional stresses – from not sleeping well, or family and relationship struggles, or work and professional difficulties.
You know, even when things are going well life still can be stressful because of the things we do in our lives and the responsibilities we have. We also come from different cultural backgrounds and have different upbringings. In addition, we may have experienced (or experience currently) different kinds of trauma and abuse in our lives which impacts how we live today.
Thus, everyone on this planet should be on a Wellness Care Program once they have gone through and completed a Corrective Care Program. At this time your spine and extremities have been corrected for subluxations, and your nervous system is functioning more optimally. You will still need to be checked for subluxations in an on-going basis because you will still be living with and managing chemical, physical and emotional stresses every day (hopefully, with my help, to a lesser degree). If you left your nervous system unchecked, these stresses could cause neural disturbances (i.e. subluxations) within your ANS and possibly lead to dis-ease and/or dys-function.
The optimal frequency for a Wellness Care Program is very individual and is different for each patient. I frequently recommend for patients to be checked and corrected for subluxations on a twice a month or once a month basis at minimum. However, I will work with you to determine the optimal frequency for you following your Corrective Care Program.