What is chiropractic?
A.Chiropractic is a non-drug based and non-surgical treatment for the body. Chiropractors use adjustments to the spine and other parts of the body to correct alignment and heal the body. Most adjustments are done by hand but there are many techniques. Your doctor will help you find a technique that will work for your condition.
What is an adjustment? Does it hurt?
A.A chiropractic adjustment is used to correct a subluxation (misalignment). Typically it is a small “push” on the affected area that moves the joint and removes nerve irritation. 90% of all adjustments are painless. In the beginning, and especially if you are in a lot of pain, the adjustment may be uncomfortable. This is usually short-lived. Most people find that the adjustment helps them feel better quickly.
How long will it take to feel better?
A.The good news is that chiropractic care can help you feel better quickly. Most conditions respond in the first couple of weeks of treatment. Some chronic conditions can take longer; but we always perform periodic re-examinations to be sure our patients are progressing normally.
Why wouldn’t I just take pills?
A.Taking medications can mask the symptoms of a nervous system problem but it won’t correct the cause. By taking medicines you can make the problem worse as well as expose yourself to a lot of undesired and dangerous side effects. Patients treated with chiropractic care for a variety of conditions have better results than with medicines and less recurrences or chronic problems. Chiropractic corrects the cause of the problem and allows the body to work better.
How do I know if my spine is in trouble?
A.Many people have spinal problems for years before pain occurs. It is a good idea to have a thorough spinal exam from a chiropractor to check for problems whether you are having pain or not. A thorough exam should consist of a history, range of motion exam, orthopedic tests, posture evaluation, palpation (feeling) the muscles and joints, and spinal X-rays if a problem is suspected. Your doctor should also give you a complete report of findings on your spine.
Once you go to a chiropractor do you have to go forever?
A.No. You don’t have to do chiropractic care forever. A lot of people do choose to have ongoing wellness care after their spinal problem is corrected to keep it that way. Many people report that regular spinal adjustments make them feel better and keep them healthier, but the choice is always up to you.
Is Chiropractic just for back pain?
A.No. Chiropractic care can benefit organs, tissues, systems and cells in your body by optimizing your body’s ability to heal itself. Although it is usually associated with back pain, chiropractic has been shown to be effective in relieving headache, neck pain, arthritis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other conditions.
Is Chiropractic safe?
A.Yes. Chiropractic is a safe, gentle, conservative and natural approach to better health. In repeated studies, chiropractic has been found to be beneficial and it provides an effective alternative to drugs or surgery.
Who should see a doctor of chiropractic?
A.Nerve interference can affect anyone, which is why people of all ages experience relief and improved health through chiropractic care. A qualified doctor of chiropractic will best determine the appropriateness of care for you or your family.
No method of health care has proven itself to be more effective than chiropractic in helping those who suffer from back and neck pain. Doctors of chiropractic are the most highly qualified professionals in evaluating and caring for these, as well as many other health problems.
Are chiropractors educated as well medical doctors (MDs) and osteopaths (DOs)?
A.To receive the doctor of chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and four years of graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution. Comprehensive knowledge of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures enable the DC to thoroughly evaluate a patient, address disorders relating to the spine and determine the need for referral to another health care provider.
Do I have to see my medical doctor before I see a chiropractor?
A.No. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers. According to the Center for Studies in Health Policy, “The DC can provide all three levels of primary care interventions and therefore is a primary care provider, as are MDs and DOs. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The DC’s office is a direct access portal of entry to the full scope of service.”
What kind of problems do chiropractors treat?
A.Chiropractic can help with conditions such as:
upper back pain/stiffness
lower back pain/stiffness
asthma and allergies
Why don’t chiropractors prescribe/ recommend drug therapy?
A.Chiropractors do not need to give medicine to restore health. They know that nature provides each person with a built-in doctor that can prescribe the exact hormones, enzymes and antibiotics that your body needs.
Today’s pain killers are designed to mask the symptoms of pain which can inhibit your body from working to deal with the problem. Chiropractic works in conjunction with the body to correct the cause of the pain, not the symptom.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
A.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.