What To Expect From Upper Cervical Care
Welcome to our New Patient section of our website. Here you will find some great information to get you started on your journey back to health.
Laying the Foundation
Upper Cervical 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 three general phases of Upper Cervical Care…
Phase 1: Intensive Care
In this phase your spine is out of balance and not holding its correction. Keeping your appointments and modifying your lifestyle in ways that will help you get out of the intensive care phase quickly. During this phase of care many patients get frustrated that they are going out of alignment when they did nothing to “cause” it. Instability is a result of ligament weakness and damage. In due time the ligaments and surrounding soft tissue will become stronger. This will allow you to hold your corrections longer and longer. Most patients the intensive care phase last from 3-4 months. During this phase of care it is essential you come in regularly so we can ensure you are clear of nerve pressure.
Phase 2: Corrective Restorative Care
Your spine is beginning to stabilize and “hold” its adjustment for longer periods. In this phase our objective is to monitor your spine while it strengthens. Many of your symptoms and complaints may have disappeared or decreased. It is critical, however, that you continue your visits even if you are feeling better.
It is during this phase that you are ensuring that your results are longer lasting and more permanent. Also during this phase of care, you will be seen at a less frequent interval. The longer the correction stays put the less the doctor needs to see you.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
In this phase your spine is now holding its adjustment and has become reasonably stable. It is handling stress well. This is where you protect you investment. Maintenance or Wellness Care is similar to regular dental care. You may not know if you have a cavity so you go to the dentist for a checkup. You don’t tell the dentist to leave it there and wait until there is pain right? You fix the problem before it becomes a bigger problem. In the same way, you may not know if you have an ATLAS misalignment or not by how you feel. Therefore regular check ups over time ensure that you are working at your optimum and fix problems before they become bigger problems.