What does a Chiropractic adjustment do?
The Chiropractic adjustment serves to restore normal joint motion and function which directly and indirectly reduces mechanical and chemical irritation to the surrounding tissue structures(1-2). This serves to inhibit pain, relax tight muscles and improve coordination(3).
Will I have to have x-rays taken?
Some chiropractors take x-rays on the majority of their patients to look for spinal misalignments as part of their spinal exam. Evidence has shown that routine spinal imaging does not improve treatment outcomes(4), and so we do not engage in routine imaging. Imaging can increase a patient’s confidence that nothing is “seriously” wrong, however, a competent history and examination are more than 99% sensitive for identifying “red flags” of serious disease(5-6). There are times when it is necessary, in which case we will refer you to a local imaging center.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Yes, chiropractic care can be very effective in treating the common low back and hip pain associated with the many body changes that happen during pregnancy.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. There are many techniques to restore normal joint function; a “pop” or audible release is not always necessary. We are highly skilled in many techniques and are always concerned with your comfort or apprehensions.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes, chiropractic is safe for people of all ages and backgrounds. In fact, chiropractor’s malpractice insurance is very inexpensive compared to other health-care professionals due to our profession’s history of providing safe, effective care. A thorough history and exam will determine if we can help you and how to safely proceed.
Is it true that once you have Chiropractic treatment, you must keep going back?
No. Once we’ve reached your goals we will not keep you coming back. Many people elect to continue their chiropractic treatment after feeling well. Why? Because periodic elective “maintenance care” makes them feel better. Chiropractic treatment is an integral component to many healthy people’s “health maintenance” plan; similar to diet, exercise and proper sleep.
What causes the sound during a chiropractic adjustment?
Your spinal joints contain a fluid known as synovium. The synovial fluid contains dissolved gasses; mostly carbon dioxide. When your spine is adjusted, a vacuum is created within the joint and the dissolved gasses come out of solution, forming a gas bubble. This vacuum creates a “pop”.
Can I adjust myself?
Maybe, but you might also hurt yourself as people often use excessive force when trying to adjust themselves. You also shouldn’t feel the need to be constantly adjusting yourself. It probably gives you temporary relief, but most likely, you are dealing with a symptom of some other dysfunction.
Can a person who has had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. Please inform your doctor as they may need to vary their technique to accommodate your situation.
How are Doctors of Chiropractic educated?
Chiropractors have similar classroom education requirements as medical doctors. Most current graduating chiropractors have a 4 year undergraduate degree before enrolling in a 4 year chiropractic college.
Is Treatment Painful?
Most patients express that going to a chiropractor is a pleasant experience. A chiropractic adjustment often provides immediate relief.
Can children benefit from Chiropractic care?
Yes, children can suffer from many of the same neuromusculoskeletal issues that adults deal with. Children can also sustain injuries that they need treatment for. Generally speaking, it is not normal for children to experience chronic or sustained pain or discomfort. If your child is frequently complaining of pain or discomfort, it is time to see a health care professional.