The following guidelines set a standard of practice for Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic care. The doctor of chiropractic must be a licensed health-care provider and must practice within the parameters of the scope of practice for which he is licensed.
Chiropractic guidelines should not be interpreted as absolute. Extenuating circumstances may change the extent of chiropractic care needed by the individual. The Atlas Orthogonal programs are taught in extension programs at Palmer College and Sherman College and in a postgraduate program at Life College. Other seminars are conducted around the United States and in Japan and Australia.
Phases, Descriptions and Care Plan Times
Phase One: Acute
Description: Patient has severe, sharp, poignant pain. The pain is constant with mobility restrictions, inflammation, edema, severe muscle spasms, swelling and tenderness. The patient experiences difficulty in falling asleep and difficulty in sleeping. Skin-temperature is increased over the site of the lesion.
Care Plan Time: Daily Care; 1-10 times for a period of 1-2 weeks.
Phase Two: Sub-Acute
Description: Patient has moderate, decreased pain. Pain is increased by activity, but relieved by rest. Orthopedic tests are still positive with some range of motion loss.
Care Plan Time: 2-3 months; 3 times a week for the first month, 2 times a week for the second month and 1 time a week for the third month.
Phase Three: Chronic
Description: Patients who have severe degenerative diseases and chiropractic care once a month to maintain their health status and to prevent further deterioration. These patients are usually seen once a month for an indefinite period of time.
Care Plan Time: Once a month.
Phase Four: Supportive
Description: These patients that participate in a lot of physical work, chores and exercise programs with a tendency to strain themselves. Usually, they come in once a month or once every two to three months. Usually, they are seen a total of two or three visits. Their first visit is for the adjustment and care procedures, and a second visit is a check-up to assure their recovery.
Care Plan Time: 3-6 times a year; 2-3 times each episode then dismissed.
Phase Five: Rehabilitative
Description: Patient participates in an exercise fitness program for stretching, strengthening muscle tone, building muscle coordination, increased function and joint mobility. Home cervical and/or lumbar traction. Controlled exercises are good for all ages. Annual check-ups twice a year.
Care Plan Time: 1-2 months.
By Roy W. Sweat, D.C., and Matthew H. Sweat, D.C.