Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

Why should I see a Doctor of Chiropractic?
From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, infants to seniors, chiropractic for back, neck or joint problems, while others may seek relief from the discomfort caused by headaches, high blood pressure, asthma or other conditions. Still, others find that regular visits to their chiropractor keep them in peak condition.

Regularly a dentist checks our teeth, an optometrist checks our eyes and a doctor checks our eyes and a doctor checks our blood pressure and heart.  Yet, we take the spine – a crucial component of our body – for granted.

Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?
Yes, chiropractic treatments are very safe. It is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available. Adjustments are about 100 times safer then taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Chiropractic makes use of the body’s own capacity to heal itself.
What is a “subluxation”?
A subluxation is a misalignment of the bones that house and protect the spinal cord. Any misalignment puts unnecessary pressure on the nerve system and damages the nerve supply to different parts of the body. Vertebral subluxations that are left undetected and unadjusted for many years can lead to symptoms of pain, diseases, and an unhealthy expression of life.
How Do I Know When I am Subluxated?
It’s not easy to know when you are subluxated, although a pain of some kind can be a clue. Abnormal posture including one shoulder higher than the other, hips not level or a head forward past the shoulders can also be indicative of a subluxation. Often, the nerves that are negatively affected because of the misalignment in the spine do not carry pain signals. This means that you can suffer from subluxations for years without any painful warning signs. However, allowing subluxations to exist in your body can negatively impact the functions of the organs in your body, which leads to a deterioration of your health.
What’s an Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren’t moving right. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, and instrument, a special table or the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.
Can I Adjust Myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust yourself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!
Why Do I Sometimes Hear a Popping Sound When I Get An Adjustment?
Your bones are not cracking! Lubricating fluids separate he bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s much like opening a bottle of champagne or the top of a pop can. The sound is interesting, but it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment. There is no pain involved.
How Many Adjustments Will I Need?
The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his or her individual health goals. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilizes. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years. Many factors can affect the healing progress. How long have you had the problem? Are you keeping your chiropractic appointments?
Why Do My Children Need Chiropractic Care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for spinal misalignments. Preliminary studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Later, learning to walk, ride a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal problems if not detected early. Knowing exactly where to adjust, the doctor applies no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
Can I Refer in My Parents/Grandparents or Are They to Old for Chiropractic?
More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.

The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results.  As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.

Is it OK to See a Chiropractor if I’m Pregnant?
Absolutely! Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.
Do Chiropractors Treat Health Problems or Just Back and Neck Ailments?
es. Although chiropractic is best known for its success in treating back and neck pain, it has helped millions of people worldwide with all kinds of problems. Chiropractic primarily works with the spinal column and its intimate relationship with the nervous system, which in turn, controls the body. So chiropractic works by positively affecting the nervous system.
Can a Person Who Had Back Surgery See a Chiropractor?
Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This is an all too common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.

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