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The Three Stages of Recovery

Life can be filled with many activities and opportunities for fun, and each person has the luxury of finding their own interest and indulging for as long as possible. It’s important to define “fun” for yourself and not let anyone make you feel as though what you enjoy is boring. Some people enjoy going to the gym and lifting weights, some people like planting vegetables in their garden, and others like sitting on their porch and knitting blankets and sweaters. Regardless of how you spend your time, it’s important to always have a plan for wellness and recovery. For example, the gym enthusiast might injure their low back from lifting a heavy set, the gardener may strain their knees from constantly bending so low, and the knitter may develop carpal tunnel syndrome from the fine motor movements. If an injury does occur, you want to work with the best care team that can help you efficiently move through the three stages of recovery. Contact Total Wellness Solutions and we’ll guide you through the relief care, corrective care, and wellness care process of recovery. 

What Are the Three Stages of Recovery

Relief Care: When you make a consultation with Total Wellness Solutions, we will create a routine that aims to first reduce pain and discomfort. Most people only seek medical attention after an injury or when a chronic problem becomes too painful to ignore. If you are in a lot of pain, our goal during this phase will be to significantly reduce it. 

Corrective Care: When you are working with a chiropractor for a specific issue, and you are no longer in constant pain, then you are likely in the corrective care phase. This is when your pain levels have been reduced significantly, but the underlying issue is not completely healed. If you are in this stage, continue working with your care team until they let you know when it is safe to end treatment. 

Wellness Care: It is important to schedule regular visits to your chiropractor. The fun activities and hobbies in life can throw off the correct alignment of the spine. Regular chiropractic adjustments can reset whatever life has unbalanced. Wellness care is also a great form of preventative care that can help protect you against chronic pain years later. 

When Will I Need The Three Stages of Recovery

You will need to follow the three stages of recovery if you visit a chiropractor with any type of injury. This is true if the injury is from an accident, like lifting something heavy and spraining your back; or if the injury is from repetitive stress like typing at a keyboard for hours at a time. When the chiropractor outlines your recovery timeline and provides you with a tentative end date, it’s important that you listen carefully and only terminate care when it’s safe to do so.    

Why It is Important to Stick with your Recovery Plan 

The most important reason to stick to your recovery plan is that pain is not a good indication of injury. When something starts to hurt, there is a good chance that it was a problem long before it became painful. Pain is often the last thing to appear and the first thing to go. After a few treatments, you may begin feeling better and you may no longer be in constant pain, but if you end your care plan before you are fully healed, then there is a good chance that the pain will return. When you begin your recovery, the chiropractor will provide you with a estimated end date. Depending on how your body responds to treatment, this date can change, and if it does it is a good idea to let the doctor change it. When you work with the Total Wellness Solution chiropractic team, we will complete assessments throughout your entire recovery process and make any necessary adjustments to your care plan. 

Benefits of Working With Total Wellness Solutions 

When you work with the chiropractic professionals at Total Wellness Solutions, you will be working with some of the most skilled professionals in Sandy Spring Ga. Dr. Melissa Arnold, the lead doctor, and owner is a licensed, board-certified Chiropractor with over 20 years of experience. Her practice focuses on holistic healthcare, which means treating the patients while considering all facets of their health. In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Melissa may incorporate supplementary services into your care plan to help you heal more efficiently. For example, we have a skilled massage therapist in the office who can provide pinpointed techniques to help relax muscles and improve blood flow to injured areas. We also have state-of-the-art equipment like the BioMat, spinal decompression therapy, and STIM for the benefit of helping our patients through the three stages of recovery. 

Contact Us 

However you enjoy spending your time is completely up to you, and your level of chronic pain and overall wellness is also up to you. Oftentimes the activities you enjoy take a toll on your body, so it’s important to incorporate chiropractic care into your wellness routine so you can enjoy them long-term without chronic pain. If/when injuries do occur, the chiropractic team at Total Wellness Solutions is always available to help you move through the three stages of recovery. If you have any questions please give us a call at 770-936-9707 and you can also make an appointment online. We are located at 5252 Roswell Rd NE Suite 103, Atlanta, GA 30342. 

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