Dr. Seitzinger identifies the 4 primary stages of care a patient will encounter.
Phase 1: Relief Care
The majority of patients consult a chiropractor because they have an ache or pain. In the first phase of care, the main objective is to eliminate or reduce your discomfort and stabilize your condition in the shortest amount of time. During this phase the progress is usually rapid. The number of times you visit a chiropractor during this phase of care varies and is dependent upon your specific condition. It’s hard to say how long it will be until you see relief- it could be as short as a week or up to a month.
Phase 2: Corrective Care
Once your condition has stabilized you enter the second phase of care, where the objective is to correct any underlying injury or cause of discomfort, strengthen the muscles, and improve neuromusculoskeletal function. The frequency of office visits is reduced over a period of two to six weeks. Care may be supplemented by rehabilitation exercises, nutrition, and modification of daily habits.
It is important to remember that many of the conditions for which people seek care have developed over many years; therefore, correcting these problems is a true rehabilitative process. It helps to understand that it takes time to correct these conditions.
Once your discomfort has subsided, you may think all is well and choose to abandon your efforts. However, if you end your care before fully healing the muscles and soft tissues, you can invite a relapse. This is a mistake many people make, and it sets them up for recurring health issues.
It’s hard to believe that, after all the time, effort, energy, and money put into correcting a problem, a patient would choose to forgo this relatively easy phase of care! As much as we’d love to see you in our office, we’d much rather assist you in maintaining your health rather than relieving your pain.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
The wellness phase is designed to maintain your improved health, encourage normal spinal function, and prevent the return of the original condition. It is here we can also catch small problems before they become more serious. A personal wellness care program will be designed specifically for you, we teach you how to incorporate good nutrition and exercise habits into your everyday life, thereby promoting vitality, endurance, and the ability to enjoy life at its fullest.
A good way to look at chiropractic care is to relate it to dentistry. We all know it takes a long time to develop tooth decay, but with regular maintenance and check-ups, the plaque doesn’t have a chance. Similarly, it often takes a long time to develop a musculoskeletal issues from for example prolonged postures or reptile tasks at work. But with regular maintenance, you can keep your body functioning at an optimal level.
Few things as complicated as your body can be “fixed” and then ignored. Think of your car, your teeth, or your relationships. They take time and effort to maintain, but you know it’s worth it in the long run. That’s why we recommend a regular schedule of chiropractic check-ups.
You can then congratulate yourself on achieving your ultimate goal: optimal health!
Phase 4: Performance Care
This stage is primarily for our elite athletes looking gain that extra inch, or second. This is where Dr. Seitzinger focuses on achieving maximal performance from an athlete. Making incremental changes to their biomechanics, nutritional needs, and neuromuscular training to let them be the best at what they do. Dr. Seitzinger has extensive training on the leading edge evidence based modalities to allow him to deliver optimal performance. He keeps him and his team up-to-date on the newest research to make the care at our Pro Motion Clinic in Kelowna the best care in the country.