The following are a few questions we frequently receive. If you have a question that is not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact us!
What causes the sound during an adjustment?
Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal release or popping sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. The sound is painless and harmless.
Can I always tell if I have a problem?
Not always. Chiropractors have extensive training to determine were issues may be forming. Subluxations or vertebral misalignments can exist for some time without expressing any obvious signs or symptoms. We do not adjust only symptoms, but find the cause of the problem and eliminate that. When subluxations are present your nervous system is affected and in turn your body functions improperly. This is why spinal check-ups are so important. Pain is a poor indicator of health and is often your bodys last resort at getting your attention that a problem exists. Periodic spinal evaluations ensure your spine and nervous system are healthy and working properly. .
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your bodys inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and poor health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) affecting your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove joint restrictions that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A health spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health.
Is it possible to adjust myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is impossible to adjust yourself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend in a certain way to create a popping sound, however, this is not the same and it can be counterproductive. Often attempting to adjust yourself is making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Even a trained Chiropractor cannot adjust him or herself.
Can chiropractic care be addictive?
No. If only it were, there would be more healthy people around. It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not addictive, however, good health is.
Is it okay to see a chiropractor if pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nervous system. Pregnant mothers find that Chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for them and the baby. Adjusting methods are adapted to a patients size, age, and condition of health. Many moms getting adjusted is very relaxing and comfortable. Studies have shown that pregnant women who are under chiropractic care require less pain medications and decrease their labor time by up to 50%.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between Chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.
Do children need chiropractic care?
A medical study performed in Germany found that due to how the fetus was carried in the womb and the birthing process itself, 80% of all children born have subluxations, misaligned vertebrae, in their neck. A follow-up study found that 95% of the health conditions that were reported in the children evaluated were eliminated once the conditions reported in the children evaluated were eliminated once adjusted. Many parents opt to have their newborns checked for vertebral misalignments right after birth and many others come to learn the benefits later on. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children’s spine checked early by a chiropractor. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.
Does everyone get problems that can be solved through chiropractic care?
Yes. Spinal dysfunction is a common health problem that most often begins at birth and can be caused due to trauma, stress, long periods of sitting, poor posture, improper sleep habits, and other daily activities. These conditions continue to slowly worsen over time. Specific spinal adjustments are introduced to restore biomechanical function and remove nervous system interference. Chiropractic care can help your body function better and heal faster.
What else can chiropractic care do for me?
Chiropractors realign the spine. As a result, the nervous system is freed up to function properly. Of all of the systems in your body, it is the nervous system which controls the function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ and systems of the body. Improving the nerve function improves the function of other body parts too-thereby enhancing health of the entire body.
Is chiropractic care or physiotherapy (PT) better for spinal problems?
They are both important for different reasons. Physiotherapy focuses on strengthening and stabilizing muscles surrounding the injured area. Chiropractic ensures proper spinal alignment so that essential nerves are not irritated or pinched. If these nerves are pinched, the associated muscles will tighten and cause discomfort. It makes sense to first ensure proper alignment of the spine with Chiropractic care. Without proper alignment, muscle stabilization will only be temporary and the injured area could heal improperly. In addition, the remaining misalignments will continue to aggravate surrounding muscles, further delaying a restoration to health. However, once misalignments have been corrected, muscle stabilization and strengthening are beneficial in maintaining proper alignment. At our office we focus on improving joint mobility and muscular stability with corrective exercises.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a specific direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, locked up, or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. Studies have shown that gentle, specific adjustments boost your bodys immunity as well.
What type of education is required for chiropractors?
Doctors of Chiropractic are well educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral Subluxations. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or state professional licensing board and are many times required to pass still another difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor’s education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.
Is chiropractic care safe if I have had a back surgery?
Yes. It is 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. Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if Chiropractic care is utilized initially and early enough, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
How often will I need adjustments?
That varies greatly with the nature and severity of your spinal condition and external factors that could affect your progress one way or the other such as the physical demands of your job or your personal lifestyle.
Are adjustments performed the exact same way for all patients?
Definitely not. The doctors will evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.
Will insurance cover my chiropractic care?
Practically all insurance carriers recognize Chiropractic care for at least the early part of care. Most insurance policies are designed to help with catastrophic health problems or only when obvious symptoms are present. Insurance coverage will likely end before full spinal rehabilitation has occurred. We base your treatment plan on the care you need to get to a better state of health, not on what insurance says they will pay. Like your auto insurance, health insurance will not cover maintenance care. It will only cover problems that occurred due to injury. For more payment information please call the office and we can verify your individual insurance.
How long will it take to start feeling better?
Typically, the longer you have had the problem, the longer the amount of corrective care is required. With this in mind, it is no surprise that children respond very quickly. Adults take longer because most spinal problems are the result of years of neglect. As with any healing process, every persons progress is slightly different. Your personal lifestyle, diet, exercise and keeping regular appointments all will affect your progress.
Why do I need to keep coming back so often?
Retraining muscles, ligaments, tendons, and spinal discs that support your spine and maintain the proper position and motion of individual vertebrae can be a time-consuming process. Since Chiropractors cannot rely on braces to move spinal bones like orthodontists use to reposition teeth, and since most people are often subjected to the same forces (ie: job, sleeping, & recreational habits) repeated adjustments over time are necessary. Each individuals needs for care are different and designed for them to achieve a healthy functioning spine and to feel their best.
What about just hoping it goes away?
This is usually not a good idea. If your body is not working properly, you will continue to overload the injury, prolonging the healing process and risking further problems as a result of your body compensating. When your chiropractor has improved the movement and strength of your joints and muscles, your injury will heal more quickly and be much less likely to come back.