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Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time depending on your condition.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.Some spinal problems can take years to develop and pain is usually the last symptom.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains. It is important to keep your scheduled visits to get the most relief at the beginning of care
Pain relief usually involves the use of heat, ice, ultrasound, TNS, and spinal manipulation or distraction techniques. These modalities decrease swelling, reduce pain and increase joint mobility and muscle flexibility. The cycle of pain is broken by the use of mutliple approaches to your condition. After your pain has started to subside you will begin the most important phase of care-corrective.