Chiropractic Care at Thorassic Park
Unlike medications, which most people often resort to when they experience aches and pains in the body, chiropractic care isn’t a temporary remedy. The best thing about chiropractic treatment at Thorassic Park is that you will get a long-term natural solution instead of just a quick relief that will most likely wear off after a couple of hours with a pill or a couple of weeks with an injection. At Thorassic Park, we are trained in a variety of chiropractic disciplines and other techniques. Our adjustments are combined with proven treatment options in order to provide the highest quality chiropractic care to our patients. Different patients will benefit from different treatment options. The goal of chiropractic care is to enable your body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery by correcting structural problems in the spine (also known as subluxations) and restoring movement. When the spine is not functioning properly, the spinal nerves are put under stress. This interferes with the body’s ability to carry vital information between the brain and other body parts via the central nervous system. When messages along the central nervous system run into interference, it can greatly affect how your body functions. The result of nerve stress can be pain, muscle spasms, numbness, and tingling. Irritated nerves can also cause your organs and tissues to be over or under stimulated. This can contribute to problems that most wouldn’t associate with proper spinal function including difficulty breathing, excess stomach acid, constipation, lower immunity, and more.
Stages of Care
The typical patient will encounter 3 stages of care. The first stage focuses on symptomatic relief such as reduction of pain and other discomforts. The following stage addresses tissue healing and function normalization. The final stage consists of periodic spinal care to prevent the formation of new injuries, minimize future flare-ups of old injuries, and prevent degenerative spinal processes from occurring.
Stage 1: Relief
Relief care is the first stage of care for most patients. The primary goal during this initial stage is to provide the individual with symptomatic relief. Treatments focus on those techniques and therapies which most quickly and effectively reduce pain and other discomforts. This will allow the majority of individuals to continue their activities of daily living. Patients are generally recommended to "take it easy" but are encouraged to stay mobile and functional so long as there is not a risk of further injury or tissue damage. Therapies that reduce inflammation and muscle spasm are also used during this stage when present.
Stage 2: Corrective
Here, we are correcting the problems which caused and contributed to the condition and healing and rehabilitating the injured tissues. Unless these events take place, a favorable outcome is unlikely and future recurrences of the problem are likely. It is very crucial that you comply with and follow the instructions given by the doctor during this stage. Tissues and structures that are not fully healed and rehabilitated are prone to future problems. Sticking to appointments, complying with home exercises, instructions and following all other recommendations is very important. You should also be aware that once pain and discomfort have subsided, tissue healing and functional correction is many times still incomplete and will often require additional treatments.
Stage 3: Maintenance
Once the spinal tissues are healed and spinal biomechanics have normalized, it will be recommended to continue with periodic spinal checkups. For some this might mean once per year, for others this may mean once per month or more. Chiropractic spinal checkups provide similar benefits to the spine that dental checkups provide to the teeth. Namely, catching minor problems and disturbances before they have the opportunity to cause pain, discomfort and irreversible tissue changes. Just like with cavities and heart attacks, irreversible tissue damage has generally occurred before the symptoms of spinal pain and discomfort become apparent.