- Is Change Possible? – The first appointment is all about looking to see if change is possible.
- The Second appointment is about a reminder of the findings of the first appointment, and to guide your reasonable expectations in your case.
- The Third Appointment is ideal to have your questions answered that have developed since your first visit. What Can I do? What Should I Avoid?
- Symptomatic Improvement or normalisation usually occurs in the first 1-4 weeks
- Your course of Chiropractic will be designed over 120 days. Lasting beyond symptom relief to facilitate muscle repair (1) and therefore reinjury (tertiary) prevention.
- Old habits die hard. Support and Care for you to get through your change process likely around 2-12 weeks.
- ‘New Biomechanical Normal‘ (2-3 months) happens subconsciously… Disease (2) and Deconditioning (3) can cause muscle patterns to go wrong in the first instance…
- Maintenance Care where applicable (4), could be as frequent as 9-12 times a year. For some, reoccurrences are to be expected.
Time frames above will be different if you are making use of Distance Appointments or Psychological / Physical combination appointments. Those utilising Distance Appointments look to get 2 regular treatments into the time of one Distance Appointment. However, having more treatment doesn’t speed up the time frame of recovery eg muscles still need 2-3 months to repair. The benefit in taking a Distance Appointment is that you do not need to travel as often. Psychological / Physical patients will be individually helped, sometimes muscles just don’t get better until the psychological aspect has been dealt with.
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- Hisayoshi Murai et al (2009) Altered Firing Pattern of Muscle During Exercise in Chronic Heart Failure. Physiology 587 (11) 2613-22
- Lehman G (2006) Trunk and Hip Muscle Recruitment Patterns During The Prone Leg Raise Following an Ankle Sprain Injury (deconditioning). Chiropractic and Osteopathy 14 4
- Eklund A et al (2018) Effectiveness of Chiropractic Maintenance Care A Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. PLOS One 13 (9) e0203029