What To Expect
Laying the foundation
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Phase 2 : Corrective / Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
PHASE 1 : RELIEF CARE
Thumbs Up to Relief
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 a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
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 remains.
PHASE 2 : CORRECTIVE/RESTORATIVE CARE
Teaming Up for Optimal Health
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center or at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
PHASE 3 : WELLNESS CARE
Maintenance is Key to Healthy Living
When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.
Dr. Matthew Richter is a very knowledgeable, compassionate Chiropractor. I have been treated by Dr. Richter for various issues over the last 8 years and have always been very satisfied with the results. He is caring and sensitive to his patients and knows what treatment works for different conditions. I highly recommend Dr. Richter and his clinic.
I want to thank you so much for your incredible help. I came into your office without an appointment, only an incredible pain shooting through my lower back that had been there all day. I woke up and knew something wasn't right, but I tried to get through the day. As a teacher who stands on her feet all day and travels, it was not an easy task.
I have never in my life been in such constant, agonizing pain. Thankfully, I was seen that day, and after treatment, my pain lessoned. I came back the next day for treatment, and all that was left was a little soreness but no actual pain.
I have continued for follow up treatments and have been feeling fantastic.
My 2 year old son had severe reflux and asthma problems that were related to his reflux. He was on 6 different medications and 2 steroid inhalers. Dr. Richter gently adjusted him on two separate occasions and since the adjustments he has had no more symptoms. We took him off all medication and he is symptom free. Even through this tough winter he has had no breathing treatments. He can now live a normal healthy life of a 2 yr old. Thank you so much Dr. Richter.
For over a year I suffered from lower back problems that caused pain down my leg. I wasn't able to stand for long periods of time, it hurt to lay down, and bending over was nearly impossible. I had been to the doctor several times, had x-rays, and physical therapy and nothing seemed to help.
My mother suggested I try chiropractic and after the first adjustment I felt like a lot of pressure was released off my lower back. Dr. Richter decided to try decompression therapy and with every treatment the pain was less and less severe to the point where I didn't even notice the pain.
I can now stand, sit and bend over with no pain. I am an athlete and my back was preventing me from working out and performing at my best. I now feel 100% and am able to squat and power clean with no irritation. I feel great!
I was suffering from constant pain and inability to sleep well at night. I also was unable to take long walks with my husband. Dr. Richter suggested that I try decompression therapy for my back. Since I have been on the Spinal Decompression Program the pain is gone, I can take 3 mile walks and do normal house hold chores witout pain. The numbness in my toes has subsided as well.
I was getting really intense migraines, my shoulder was bothering me on a daily basis and my fibromyalgia was acting up during the night, where I couldn't get a good night sleep. After treatment here with Dr. Richter, my back and shoulder do not bother me on a daily basis and my fibromyalgia does not act up as often as it did before. When it is bothering me I take some natural supplements that Dr. Richter suggested and it enables me to sleep without the pain. My activity levels have also gotten better with treatment. I can walk longer distances and I can enjoy life much more without the headaches. Also I am so happy and relieved not to be taking the prescription medication anymore. Dr. Richter cares so much about his patients and their well-being.
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