Once you are feeling good you move to the wellness phase, which is designed to reestablish normal spinal function to prevent the return of the original symptoms(progressive rehabilitation), and catch small problems before they become serious.( supportive and maintenance). A personal wellness chiropractic care program will be designed specifically for you where we teach you how to incorporate healthy habits into your everyday life, thereby promoting vitality, endurance, and the ability to enjoy life at its fullest.
Posturally strained or injured spinal muscles may become weak, inactive or begin to perform out of sync with other muscles. This often leads to recurring patterns of the same pain cycle happening with increasing frequency over time. When muscles do not work in a normal coordinated fashion pain may begin suddenly with normal daily activity such as sleeping, showering or drying your hair, bending over to pick up something off the floor or getting in and out of a car. Typical exercise such as sit ups or crunches ( " to strengthen my abs"), weight lifting or other exercises for overall general toning do not address these imbalances. Very specific exercises, to target the muscles that are imbalanced, will be given during this part of your care. Initially these are taught in the office with progressive emphasis on performing them at home.
Sometimes pain associated with muscle or joint overload or repetitive overuse can not be avoided due to certain biomechanical faults like a previous surgical fusion or job demands. There may be anatomical faults due to irregular bone growth such as a scoliosis. In those cases care including adjustments, a home exercise program and even activity modification may not eliminate pain permanently. In those cases, Dr. Rasmussen may suggest a plan of care that is tailored to each patient by withdrawing care for longer and longer periods of time until a pattern develops that indicates how long that person can go with symptoms returning. Dr. Rasmussen may then suggest that you return for treatment at that particular frequency. Examples may be between 3 and 12 weeks. This is highly individual. ( Note: This is NOT a covered benefit under Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance plans. Some insurance companies will pay for a limited number of these type of visits.)
Once you are symptom free, consistent with your home exercise and able to maintain your desired level of activity without limitations, Dr. Rasmussen does suggest periodic check ups. Depending on your overall health, level of daily acitivity, stress and physical demands these visits may be suggested from once per month to once per season ( about every 4 months). At these visits you will be checked for freedom of movement of the whole body as well as specific joints. Postural and muscular imbalance will be checked. The body, as it ages has tendencies to wear out unevenly ( just like the tires on your car!) and rebalancing will help you to lead the healthy active lifestyle you desire.
( Note: This type of care is rarely covered by any insurance company and is NOT a covered benefit under Medicare or Medicaid. It is designed to prevent symptoms and promote health. As with every step of care you receive at our office, the decision to continue care is always up to you.)