Are you getting comprehensive chiropractic care for your pain management? If not, you may want to try it. It’s more than cracking your back.
Straight from the desk of Dr. Eric-
The other day I was speaking with a patient in our office about our chiropractic care. I was asking her how she felt her progress was coming along since starting with us a couple of weeks ago. I was particularly interested in what she had to say because over the past year she had been trying other types of treatments for pain. She did not feel like she was making any progress. Fortunately, she didn’t give up, instead, she decided to try our office based on reading our reviews. In the time that she has spent with us, she has reported a considerable improvement in her pain levels. She is also seeing an improved ability to perform her usual daily activities with less pain and fatigue.
This is by no means an isolated example, but rather seems to be a common theme.
It’s not that the other treatments she tried were inadequate, it’s that they weren’t right for what she needed. She was getting symptomatic pain treatment. This is a common practice in many clinics and it works fine for patients that have minor aches and pains. This doesn’t usually work for chronic pain or serious accidents. This type of pain management needs a more thorough approach.
Comprehensive Chiropractic Care is More Than Surface-Level Treatment
When a person has been suffering from pain, especially for a while, it is important to uncover the basic problems that are causing it. It’s not a mystery or something magical. It’s straightforward, quality care.
Comprehensive chiropractic care may include massage therapy, spinal decompression, and strength training. It goes beyond one type of treatment. Instead, it combines different treatments to achieve the best results. It’s a matter of tailoring an individual treatment plan that fits the needs of the patient.
After understanding the source of pain, the patient gets their options for treatment. It’s based on what the patient can commit to. These days nobody has time for pain. People want to get better “yesterday”. The goal for any clinic should be to get patients feeling better as soon as possible. Over the past twenty years, we have been able to do this with our multifaceted approach to treatment.
What is a Multifaceted Approach to Treatment?
Patients respond much faster with multiple types of treatments. Chiropractic adjustments with soft tissue therapy, like massage or ART, work very well. Sometimes neck or low back decompression therapy is helpful. We also include strength exercises and home care instructions. Not all patients need all services at once. Oftentimes a combination of therapies will deliver faster positive results. Our goal is to get patients more self-sufficient and move to infrequent “maintenance” sessions.
A Generic Treatment Plan Doesn’t Work
At some clinics, patients get run through a generic treatment plan. A “one size fits all” model. It can take more time, be more expensive, and may provide little progress. This makes rehab frustrating for the patient. Sometimes it can make things worse, and may even make them give up on care altogether. Every person and injury is unique. Planned and measured treatment is the best approach to get to the root of chronic pain.
Inconsistent treatment doesn’t work for patients in the early stages of recovery. This is because they are getting sporadic symptomatic treatment. This type of treatment is a short-term fix. It usually means that they will repeat their visits for a longer period of time. It eventually costs more money without providing the long-term relief desired.
After the patient gets the root pain under control, they can get a lighter treatment routine. They will only need treatment on an “as-needed” basis. These would be maintenance visits to keep the pain from coming back.
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In our opinion, comprehensive care is the best approach for many types of pain. Whether chronic, sports-related, or from accidents, this approach provides the best results. Every injury is different, and every person is unique. So their treatment plan should be specific to their needs for recovery.