Phase 1: Relief Care

Thumbs Up to Relief

Many people come to see us because they are in pain.  Pain is often the symptom that motivates us most to seek care, and is always the first symptom that we hope to resolve.  Pain, however, is just that: a symptom.  Just like a cough, a fever, or a headache, pain is always just a symptom of another problem. In your first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms, but also to quickly identify all of your underlying issues leading to the symptom of pain and other symptoms you may have.  Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.

Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.  

For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with your muscles and joints, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin care in our office, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.  This is both good new and bad news.  It is good news because the most bothersome symptom, pain, is gone.  It is bad news (or at least not so good news) because it means that your journey, though progressing, is not yet complete, and you need now to enter into the rehabilitatative phase.