Vertebrae

Three stages of treatment

Most of the presenting complaints we see in our clinic did not arise suddenly. Even though it may seem as if the pain came on suddenly, it usually has been building up for a while. Your body is clever and adjusts to minor injuries quickly and sometimes we don’t even notice this is happening. Occasionally this minor injury can be the offset of your muscles, joints and nerves not working together as well as they should, which leads to a build-up of tension and eventually pain. Just as it takes time for the pain to develop, recovery also goes through several phases. Each phase requires a different treatment approach. On this page you can read more about the different phases of recovery we use in our treatment plans.

Pain reduction

1. Pain reduction

The first phase of treatment is focused on reducing your pain. We do this by releasing muscle tension and increasing range of motion, so it is easier for you to move and you can get back to doing the things you love. During the second stage of this phase you might experience good days and bad days, your body is adjusting to its new way of moving, and this goes with ups and downs. When that happens it’s a good sign, it means you are moving towards the next phase; stabilisation.

Stabilisation

2. Stabilisation

A very important phase! Even though you feel a bit better now, your body is still recovering. In this phase we need to focus on getting all the muscles strong and coordinated again, so they keep doing what they need to do, preventing you from building up pain again. During this phase the frequency of treatment is lowered and we may give you exercises to do at home.

Prevention

3. Prevention

For some complaints it is beneficial to have regular check-ups, just like you go to the dentist for check-ups for your teeth. In this phase of treatment we lower the frequency of treatment to every few months, for some patients this might mean every 6 to 8 weeks, but for most patients the frequency of treatment lies between once every 3 to 6 months. Having check-ups means we can treat any tension starting to build up before you start developing pain. If you just had your first back pain episode, we most likely finish treatments at the second phase, if you been suffering on and off for months or years, having regular check-ups could be useful, your chiropractor will discuss what is best for you.