CORRECTIVE CARE: Getting to the Root of the Problem

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WHAT IS CORRECTIVE CARE?

Corrective Care is necessary not only to relieve or reduce a person’s pain or symptoms, but also to remove the actual cause of the problem.  For example, a person might have headaches which resulted from a misaligned vertebra in the neck which causes irritation to a nerve.  The irritated nerve can cause an effect which is a reduction in blood supply to the head which in turn results in a headache.

 

Corrective Care focuses on making certain the vertebra - the cause - is corrected and therefore the headaches - the result - are gone. Relief Care focuses on the symptoms: the headaches. This would be similar to taking aspirin which although it may temporarily alleviate the headaches, does nothing to correct the cause.  


HOW LONG DOES CORRECTIVE CARE TAKE?

Not everyone can reach complete correction. Sometimes a person’s problem has reached a point that complete correction is impossible. Your doctor will inform you of the severity of your problem and if correction is possible. If complete correction is not possible, then a program to bring your health up to its greatest potential will be explained.


If correction is possible, it normally takes one to six months of intensive care followed by three to fifteen months of stabilization.  Correcting a person’s structure is similar to pouring cement into a mold.  If you remove the mold before the cement hardens, you lose the object you wanted to create.  


After the intensive phase of Corrective Care, visits of once a week to once every two months are necessary to hold your structure in place until it stabilizes.  As cement requires time to stabilize, so does your spine.  Your doctor can best determine your individual needs.  

 

REASONS TO CONTINUE CARE

Continue Your Progress - Research shows that ligaments and muscles supporting the spine take longer to heal than the pain or symptoms last.  Continuing care encourages your spine to heal completely and faster than on- again, off-again treatments.

 

Prevent a Relapse - Without continued chiropractic care, your muscles and vertebrae will return to their unhealthy positions. Part of the corrective care phase retrains and strengthens muscles to assume a more correct position.

 

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