Moving from Problem Focus to Lifestyle Focus
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is critical to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the critical transition phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center or at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Many people are tempted to stop coming during this phase. Remember, pain is the first to go and the last to show, and it's easy to slip back into thinking that everything is fine if you're not hurting. In the end, it's up to you how good you want to feel and for how long. Are you content to live from problem to problem, responding to pain when it jolts you into care, and then not following through? Or do you want to take command and become our partner in achieving the best life you can live?