In order to stabilize and resolve the problems that brought you to my office, I will create a corrective care program for you after your initial exams are complete. Your corrective care program will include the care that you need to get your nervous system functioning better. After starting the corrective care program, patients often notice they start to feel better within a short time. Many patients also tell me they sleep better, have fewer colds and illnesses, and recover faster (from athletic and physical activities, or emotional stresses) like never before. Long term, many patients tell me they wished they came to see me sooner.
Once your original problems are stabilized and your nervous system is functioning better, you will “graduate” to our wellness care program where I will schedule you for on-going care.
Why do you need on-going care? This is a great question because it gets at the heart of what we know about how we have “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 best.
Our nervous system controls our health, and we are designed to self-heal and self-regulate. That means our bodies are supposed to take care of our health without outside help. Have you ever wondered how your body immediately begins to heal a cut? Have you ever wondered how your body knows how to breathe for you, digest for you or pumps your blood?
All these functions are controlled by a part of your nervous system called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). In Chiropractic, we have found that healing and repair are governed by and expressed through the ANS. In addition, chiropractors have learned that we heal and repair the best when we are not under stress.
So, that begs the question, when are we not under stress? I am not just talking about emotional stress. I am talking about physical stress – 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 every day. I’m also talking about chemical stress – like the foods that we eat, 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 stress – 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 class and 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. You will still need to be checked for subluxations on-going because you will still manage chemical, physical and emotional stress every day (hopefully, with my help, to a lesser degree). If you left your spine and nervous system unchecked and uncorrected, these stresses could continue to cause subluxations which can lead to dis-ease and/or dys-function.
The 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 best frequency for you following your corrective care program.