Wellness Programs and Treatments for Home
Prior to leaving Kaiser Chiropractic, S.C., patients will be instructed on a wellness program to be conducted at home. If you are in pain when you first visit our office, you may be instructed to apply ice, avoid certain activities or positions, as well as do home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire for an overall wellness lifestyle, our wellness team will work with you to create good habits and routines that support your success. Everybody is unique and different and therefore, everyone requires a unique and customized wellness plan. The foundation of our overall wellness lifestyle is maintaining healthy posture and good spinal alignment, eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, keeping your weight under control and stress relief.
Our Phases of Wellness
PHASE 1: RELIEF CARE
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time. Most people are under the assumption that if they do not feel any pain then there is nothing wrong with them - they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently appear only after a disease or other condition has become advanced. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
PHASE 2: CORRECTION/RESTORATIVE CARE
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person's 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, Dr. Kaiser may recommend massage therapy, home exercises and/or stretches to help accelerate your healing. Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms occasionally. 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 one to several months.
PHASE 3: WELLNESS CARE
Once your body has fully healed, chiropractic care may decrease the likelihood that your physical problems will return. Wellness Care is designed to enhance your wellness and to maximize the quality of your life. It is beneficial to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system, just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet. When you make 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 most of the activities you love.
What Does Wellness Care Do for You?
The main difference between wellness care and standard medical care is that wellness care seeks to turn on the natural healing ability. Wellness care does not add something to the system, instead it removes anything that might interfere with normal function. Wellness care trusts that the body would know what to do if nothing were interfering with it. Standard medical care, on the other hand, seeks to treat a symptom by adding something from the outside - a medication, a surgery or procedure.
Inside Out vs. Outside In
If a patient has high blood pressure, a standard medical approach would be to choose a drug that lowers blood pressure and ask the patient to take the drug. This may serve to lower the blood pressure, but ignores the underlying cause that is making the blood pressure high, and runs the risk of side effects complicating the person's recovery. Whether it's a nutritional issue, faulty control by the nerve system or a manifestation of stress, the medication could decrease the blood pressure, leaving the problem causing the symptom of high blood pressure unaddressed.
The Wellness Approach
Wellness is a state of optimal conditions for normal function… and then some. The wellness approach is to look for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments would optimize the conditions for normal function. That environment encourages natural healing and minimizes the need for invasive treatment, which should be administered only when absolutely necessary. When the body is working properly, it tends to heal effectively, no matter what the condition. When the body heals well and maintains itself well, then there is another level of health that goes beyond "asymptomatic" or "pain-free" which reveals an open-ended opportunity for vitality, vibrant health, and an enhanced experience of life. This is true for mental and emotional health as well as physical health. While some people may suffer psychological disorders, creating an atmosphere of mental and emotional wellness will address all but the most serious problems.