What is chiropractic care?

There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body.

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body’s 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 ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. Gentle spinal adjustments also boost your body’s immunity.

Do I need a chiropractor?

If your goal is to be in good health, then chiropractic can benefit you! Chiropractic works through restoring the normal function of the spine and joints of the body and allowing the body’s natural healing processes to take effect. When your body is aligned properly, it is able to restore its healthy state and in return, allow you to feel at your best. People of all ages experience relief and improved health through chiropractic care.

Millions of people each year suffering from all types of ailments, not just neck and back pain, seek chiropractic care. If you suffer from ADHD, carpal tunnel, ear infections, headaches, stress, asthma, allergies and muscle pain you might also be a good candidate for chiropractic care. Chiropractic helps with flexibility, increases nerve supply, and improves spinal integrity and stability.

Do children need chiropractic care?

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. 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 by a chiropractor early. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?

Any time 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 patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. The doctor 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.

Is chiropractic 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.

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. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

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 oneself 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!

What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?

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 professional licensing board and pass a still more 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.

Why can't I be fixed in one appointment?

Sometimes you can. However, most of the time, we ask you to come back for a series of visits because we are essentially “re-training” your spine. One adjustment will work for a period of time, but your body will often fight it to go back to the way it was used to. Through a series of adjustments, your body will learn to accept them and in return, you’ll feel better and be healthier.

Do I have to come back forever?

You may have heard that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back forever. Our goal is to help you stay healthy throughout life. Just as you attend the dentist on a regular basis to prevent decay, it is even more important for you to receive chiropractic care to preserve a healthy spine. You can replace your teeth, your spine is irreplaceable.

Once your primary complaints have been met and you are well-adjusted, we recommend you see us for wellness check-ups. We trust that you’ve learned how to listen to your body and know when it feels “out-of-sorts”. The more adjustments, exercises and healthy eating you do, the better shape your spine will be in and the longer your adjustments will stay in place.

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. 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.

Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?

No, however chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety of health problems not necessarily considered “back” problems because of improved nerve system function. With a normal nerve supply the body’s natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health problems.

What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

Chiropractors base their care on the detection, correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spine, to improve nerve system functions and reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths use drugs, surgery, and other traditional medical therapies and occasionally use manipulative procedures.

Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays are the best way to look at and assess the health of the spine. You wouldn’t trust a mechanic who put his hands on the hood of your car and told you that it has engine problems. X-rays are a way for a chiropractor to more or less “look under the hood”.

Does my insurance cover chiropractic care?

Most insurances cover chiropractic. We suggest you call your insurance carrier to determine exactly what type of coverage your policy has. Read more about the insurance companies we work with.

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