Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care2017-11-29T10:32:01+00:00

Our Salem, VA Chiropractor can help you get back to a body that not only “feels” well, but functions well, and at an optimum level.

At Kennedy Health & Wellness we utilize instruments that tap on the bones that we are trying to gently move. This type of instrument can be used on babies to senior adults even with osteoporosis without any risk. We also utilize manual adjusting techniques by hand that are slightly more aggressive yet very gentle as well.

There Are 4 Types Of Care:

Initial Intensive Care

The main goal  in this phase of care is the relief of symptoms as soon as possible so you will “feel” better fast. This does not mean you are well yet, but you will “feel” better, and that is a good thing. It is recommended that you move to the next phase of care, but you may discontinue care whenever you desire. Stopping care too soon is like taking the cast off of a broken arm 5 days after it was put on because the patient “feels” better. Everyone knows it takes 6 to 8 weeks for a broken bone to begin to heal, and it has not healed after 5 days just because the patient “feels” better. Initial Intensive Care can be 1 visit for babies and young children, and is usually 1 to 2 months for adults.

Corrective Care

Initial Intensive Care and symptom relief may very well be the easiest part of the care program. Correcting the underlying cause of the problem can be more difficult and time consuming. This phase of care can range from 1 to 2 ½ years. It is just like wearing braces on your teeth.

When was the last time a patient told the Orthodontist that he or she was only going to wear the braces for 6 months even though the Doctor said the braces would need to be on for 2 to 3 years to correct the misaligned teeth? Never, right? Same thing with fixing misaligned spinal bones that create poor posture while adversely affecting the nervous system. During this phase the patient will be doing active  rehab exercises in the office and at home to retrain the posture muscles, and this can take time. At the end of this phase a new set of x-rays and scans will be taken to ensure maximum correction has taken place. This will require focus and determination, but the results are so worth it.

Maintenance Care

After the Orthodontist removes the braces because maximum correction has taken place, the patient is instructed to wear a retainer to “retain” the correction. The same thing goes for chiropractic care. The patient will be instructed on some home stretches and posture exercises to “retain” the correction in between checkups. This is a wonderful phase because it is much easier to maintain a healthy spine than to fix a broken down, banged up, damaged spine.

This is why parents are encouraged to bring their children in for regular checkups on their spines as they grow. We do this for their teeth yet kids lose baby teeth. You can never lose your spine! Take care of it while they are young so they will be in better shape as they age. Common sense!

Wellness Care

This is by far the best phase of care and to be very direct and very honest, most people fall short of reaching wellness care. Why? Because we live in a “I want it now and I want it my way and I want it FREE” society. There is no free lunch. You really do get what you pay for. If you go through Initial Intensive Care, Corrective Care, and Maintenance Care successfully, then the patient will get the real health benefits of a body that not only “feels” well, but functions well, and at an optimum level. What would it be like to go through life aging and not slowly degenerate getting arthritis, poor posture, shrink in height, bladder issues, sleeping issues, fatigue and memory loss? Put the work in now and see for yourself.