This is usually the first phase and the goal is to get the patient out of crisis. To remove the joint restriction, reduce the muscle tension and to take the pressure of the spinal nerve thus allowing the healing process to begin.
In most conditions, pain is the last thing to show up and the first thing to leave when treating mechanical back pain. Changes that have taken place in muscles and other soft tissues (such as the discs and ligaments) require care beyond the relief phase to properly correct and ensure the problem does not return.
Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic can be used to optimise a patient's health, not just to treat pain. Research suggests chiropractic treatments can help prevent progressive spinal degeneration, i.e. osteoarthritis or disc disease. Just like regular dental care will prolong the useful life of your teeth, getting regular chiropractic treatments can do the same for your spine.