Chiropractic doctors practice natural, drugless, non-invasive health care and rely on the body's ability to heal itself. Chiropractors are holistic doctors who use a system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship between practitioner and patient -- leading to optimal physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health. It emphasizes the need to consider the whole person: including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, and social values. It encompasses various modalities of diagnosis and treatment including recommendation for drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. This type of holistic medicine focuses on education as well as personal responsibility for achieving balance and well being.
Dr Hager uses a variety of techniques in her treatments: (click below for more detail)
Chiropractors believe that when your body is in a state of homeostasis, or balance, all of its varied systems function properly to repair or reverse injury or disease.
It is a holistic approach to patient care, one that focuses on a patient's total wellness, or well-being, instead of specific diseases, or ailments. This intricate physiological and biochemical interrelationship among various parts of your body-including its spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, and vascular systems-is what chiropractors dedicate themselves to exploring and treating, with special attention to nutrition, exercise, and healthy emotional and environmental relationships. When one or more of these systems is impaired, your body ceases to function normally and your resistance to disease is compromised.
Lifestyle counseling is a critical part of what chiropractic care involves-from providing advice on lifting techniques, sleep, posture, exercise, and nutrition and diet, to ergonomic work environments and sports and recreational injury prevention.
Exercise and other kinds of physical activity can go far in keeping your body strong and healthy, able to fight disease and ward off injuries. A healthy and fit body also generally recovers faster from injury and pain. Like exercise, proper nutrition provides a wealth of benefits-both physical and emotional- that contribute to your body's strength and its ability to ward off disease and disability. A healthy diet translates into a healthy body; the proper mix of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are the best recipe for ensuring your skeletal, muscular, nervous and circulatory systems function smoothly.
How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?
Several factors are considered when determining your treatment plan, including the results of your examination, when your symptoms began, your daily activities, and your level of stress. Every case is different, but most patients begin to respond favorably within the initial visit. Once pain relief is obtained, many patients choose to continue with periodic visits, to maintain the results they've achieved. By emphasizing patient education, you become as self-reliant as possible. How long you decide to continue to benefit from chiropractic care is ultimately up to you.
Various treatment options will be explained, as well as a recommended course of care. The doctor will also explain the "Three Types of Care" and will assist you in choosing which type of care is right for you:
Initial Intensive Phase of Care. Most patients begin with Initial Intensive Care. Visits tend to be frequent (usually 2 – 4 times per week), so that you feel better as quickly as possible. In addition to your adjustments and exercises, the doctor may also recommend other therapies including electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, acupuncture, and massage therapy to help speed recovery and relieve your pain. Depending upon your age, condition, and lifestyle, repeated visits over several weeks may be needed to reduce your symptoms.
Rehabilitative Phase of Care. With most of your obvious symptoms gone, the goal of Rehabilitative Care is long-term correction of your condition. Your visit frequency will be reduced, and there will be a greater emphasis on self-care. Even after you're feeling better, joints, muscles, and other soft tissues can take weeks, or even months, to heal. Continued treatment during this phase will ensure proper healing & recovery and help to prevent a relapse.
Wellness Phase of Care. After you've recovered, you may choose to schedule regular chiropractic checkups to help maintain the improvement you've made. Like periodic visits to the dentist or optometrist, wellness care can help catch little problems before they become major concerns. Wellness care is an option that many of our patients choose to feel better, improve athletic performance, prevent injury, and save time and money in the long run. Recommended visit frequency is usually every 3-6 weeks, varying upon your individual needs and lifestyle.