Thumbs Up to Relief
Being in a state of pain is usually the most common thing that brings an individual into see a Chiropractor. This is why the acute pain aspect is the first thing typically addressed during the first phase of care. The first main goal is to work to reduce your symptoms as much as possible, working towards the ability to have better functioning ability at the affected area. This first phase of care sometimes warrants daily visits for the extremely acute patient, and possibly two to three visits per week for a short duration for other patients. Each patient's condition will be different, and the expected length of time for this first phase of care, or the "Pain Relief" phase, and this will be readily discussed with Dr. Harris. Once your initial acute symptoms have been reduced to a manageable state, you will be progressed to the next phase of care, which will be to help rehabilitate the affected area.
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 an overall very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced. The presence of pain or symptoms usually is indicative of the body's inability to readily adapt to the various stresses on it, and therefore is your body's way of letting you know something isn't quite right. Pain and symptoms are your body's version of a "check engine" light in your own vehicle.
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 could very well still be remaining.