Laying the foundation
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 four general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Trial Period
Here at Ortelli Chiropractic and Wellness we pride ourselves on getting the best results in the most efficient way. To do this we always start potential new members of the practice off with a trial of care. Usually this happens over four short visits to the office in succession. One of the many things that sets Ortelli Chiropractic and Wellness apart from any other Doctor's Office is that during the Trial Period you will learn all about your condition. We take the time to do this so as to empower you to be an active participant of your healthcare team. Once the trial period is over, the goals and needs of the patient, as well as the results of the Trial Period are used to develop a care plan for the future. We have found that using this approach we can assure that each individual is getting the best care for their needs.
Phase 2: Relief Care
Often times the second phase of care is 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 not uncommon to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Phase 3: 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 4: 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 our office 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.