For a field as advanced as chiropractic care, it seems somewhat absurd for anything to have a policy as simple as 1-2-3. However, presumably to make life simpler for the patient, this is what the organizations behind the sector have devised.
The belief that patients should be treated over a course of three phases runs through all clinics; wherever in the world you visit. It means that there’s a much larger degree of consistency – which can be lacking in other medical disciplines when you opt for a private practice.
To start with, chiropractors will go through “relief care” with you. This should go without saying; after all, if you’ve taken the time to visit a practice there’s a very good chance that you are suffering with at least some form of pain.
The basis here is to identify and treat this pain fast. The focus is achieving this as quickly as possible and allows the patient to continue to perform their normal activities without any problems.
Of course, “relief care” is usually a temporary measure. It might cure the symptoms, but the underlying issue still exists. This is where corrective care enters the equation and as the name suggests, this is all about correcting the problem which is causing the pain. It will revolve around rehabilitating any tissues that are injured with the overall aim being that the condition is fully healed. This is arguably the most important stage of the process and affects both the first and final phase, which we are about to come onto.
Once the problem has fully healed, it’s time for the wellness care stage to kick in. Again, the name tells you most about what this phase involves, with the majority of patients being provided with regular check-ups to ensure that the problem is not returning. Of course, “regular” for some patients will be much different than it is for others. For some it might be annually, whereas more serious conditions may warrant a weekly check-up.
This is also the part where lifestyle recommendations might be made. Again, it’s all about protecting the future and ensuring, even if it’s merely though a suggestion regarding your posture, that your problem does not return.
At this point it’s also worth mentioning that while the majority of practices endorse this three-stage approach, the names of each phase won’t necessarily be identical. For example, some might class the first phase as wellness care, but for others it might go for a completely different term such as “intensive care”. Nevertheless, the idea in the industry is that each practice operates via a very similar approach and even if the terminology might be slightly different, you’d be hard-pushed to find one that doesn’t go by the three-stage rule.
It’s something that not only brings consistency, but also simplicity for the patient. The fact that patients can practically monitor their progress by determining what stage they are on helps everyone and highlights just how their condition is, or maybe isn’t, improving.