Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular sequence in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you your roof before the walls were stable, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. The evaluations done by Dr. Kanzic are designed to find underlying structural problems that cause degeneration, pain and immobility.
Expect a thorough history, examination, and x-rays. If you have films or MRI/CT scans from you previous doctor, please bring them with you. The more information that Dr. Kanzic has about you, the soon the pain puzzle can be solved.
It is likely that bloodwork will be ordered to access general health status and your ability to heal.
Phase 1: Eliminating Pain and Restoring Motion
The first objective is to help you feel better. Spinal changes noted on initial x-ray and examination findings identify any underlying structural problems These changes can affect the balance and curves of your spine and dictate the quality and degree of movement.
It is during this initial phase of care that motion is restored to the spinal joints. Remember, that symptoms represent the "tip of the iceberg" in all health issues.
Phase 2: Spinal Change and Strengthening
This is the most intensive phase of care. The mobility you gain in Phase 1 is maintained by re-establishing spinal curves and strengthening of the supportive spinal muscles. Treatment frrequency depends on overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness
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 1-2 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. Being proactive in your spinal care maintains spinal health.