FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is chiropractic?
What is an adjustment?
Does the adjustment hurt?
Will this cure my back/neck pain or headaches?
What is that cracking sound?
When can I expect to feel better?
Do I have to keep coming back forever?
Do I have to have x-rays?
If I bring my own, fairly recent x-rays, do I have to take new ones?
Is chiropractic good for children or elderly people?

 

 

 

 


• What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic was founded in 1895. It is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. The brain and the spinal cord are protected by bones, specifically the skull and vertebra. When the vertebra lose their normal position or move improperly, they irritate the nervous system. This irritation can effect the nerves which supply the tissues and organs causing a lack of function. This lack of function is called the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

Chiropractors locate and correct the areas of the spine not functioning properly. The correction is done through a procedure called an adjustment. The word adjustment describes a specific movement that is directed with specific force. This gentle force allows the vertebra to return to a more normal position and movement.

Doctors of Chiropractic go through a four year graduate program after completing medical school prerequisites. They receive thousands of hours
of scientific education in anatomy and the functioning of the human body.

• What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is the term used to explain the chiropractic treatment. It is known in the medical community as spinal manipulation, although the chiropractic adjustment is performed specifically by chiropractors with at least four years of extensive experience in this type of treatment.

• Does the adjustment hurt?
The adjustment is a painless procedure. If a person is already in pain any movement of course can be uncomfortable, but the adjustments are designed to ultimately reduce and eliminate the pain.

• What is that cracking sound?
That "cracking" sound is air, gas and fluid escaping from the joint. It is the same thing that happens when you crack your knuckles. The patient’s bones do NOT crack.

• When can I expect to feel better?
Different patients have different healing times. Some experience relief within 1-2 weeks; others notice changes before the end of the first month. Healing is dependent on the length of time a patient has had the subluxations and the severity of their problem.

• Do I have to keep coming back forever?
In our office we have three types of care: relief care, corrective care and maintenance care. Pain usually subsides in the first 4-6 weeks, depending on each patient. Correcting the cause of a problem takes longer. You have the option of discontinuing care when the pain subsides (relief care), or you can continue with what we call corrective and maintenance care. It is completely up to you. The purpose of maintenance care is to keep your spine healthy and avoid a reoccurrence of a spinal-related problem. Just as you go to the dentist for regular checkups, having your spine checked regularly by the chiropractor is just as important.

• Do I have to have x-rays?
The doctor will determine if films are necessary during the examination and then will discuss this with you.

• If I bring my own, fairly recent x-rays, do I have to take new ones?
If you have them, please DO bring them, as they will help the doctor with his examination. If the doctor determines at the end of the examination that new films are necessary, he will advise you and discuss why he feels they are necessary.

• Is chiropractic good for children or elderly people?
Chiropractic is good for all age groups because chiropractic care centers on the spine. Different techniques are used for children and the elderly due to their spine's delicate nature. Children need chiropractic care so they do not develop the problems we see in most adults, like nerve compression and arthritis. It is especially important to have children checked by the doctor after they have had a fall. Chiropractic care can help the elderly from developing more serious complications from their longstanding spinal and nerve related conditions.

     
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