Duration and Frequency of Care
At Shirley Rd Chiropractic we have incorporated algorithms based upon the Canadian Chiropractic Association Guidelines (Glenerin, 1993) for our use and assistance when dealing with:
- Uncomplicated acute pain (less than 3 weeks, no significant trauma).
- Complicated Acute and Chronic Pain (more than 3 weeks, or significant trauma).
- Supportive or Wellness Care (after acute or chronic pain treatment has ended).
Results of care will be both measured objectively and subjectively. You may be required to fill out pain questionnaires or general health questionnaires at various stages of your care to help in determining the level of improvement gained.
Shirley Rd Chiropractic’s Goals of Care
- Pain Relief
- Promotion of full healing
- Restoration of full function
- Reduction of the risk of re-injury and prevention of accelerated degeneration.
As you can see, while pain relief is high on our list of goals, we orientate our treatment toward return of function, not just relief of symptoms, to allow the body to heal.
We understand that each individual may not have these same goals. So we are happy to work with people within their goals. The important questions to ask us are:
- How long does it take for pain relief?
- How long does it take for tissues to heal?
- How long does it take to restore function?
The 3 types of care offered at Shirley Rd Chiropractic are based on the stages of tissue repair and include:
A typical example of Basic Care Management may be:
- 2-3 visits / week for 3-4 weeks
- 1 visit per week for 2-4 weeks
A typical example of Intermediate Care Management may be:
- Fortnightly for 2-4 visits
- 3 weeks for 2-4 visits
- Monthly for 2-4 visits
Wellness Care should be discovered such that you have become very in tune with your bodies mechanics and posture so that you know when it is time to be adjusted. Not because of pain or discomfort but because of noted loss of function. Children are often very good at this and will tell their parents when they need adjusting. It is not until adulthood that we often train ourselves to ignore what our bodies are telling us.
A typical example of Wellness Care Management may be:
- Monthly for the sedentary worker with some stress
- Monthly – 6 weeks for the physical worker with some stress
- 3 months for the individual with a varied lifestyle, minimal stress and good eating habits.
Obviously these examples are only indications. Each phase of care is an option and will be detailed to each person individually.