Frequently Asked Questions
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works because you are a self healing, self regulating organism, which is controlled by your nervous system. Signals and instruction flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ, muscle, cell and tissue. By correcting spinal joint dysfunction, chiropractic care helps your body heal itself.
What causes misalignments or subluxations?
Almost everyone gets misalignments of the spine from time to time. Some are caused by accidents and injuries and others are created from everyday repetitive motion or genetic predisposition.
What are the effects of subluxations on the body?
Spinal subluxation alters normal nerve impulses and thereby causes pain and disease not only in the back, but also elsewhere in the body. The nerve impulses travel along the nerves through the spine toward all of the internal organs to help control their function.
How do I know if I have a subluxation?
You can have subluxations and never even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present long before any warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and the severity of any subluxations you may have.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
The art of introducing a specific force in a precise direction affecting vertebrae that are subluxated. This thrust adds motion to spinal joints that are stuck or not moving correctly. Methods vary from doctor to doctor, such as the use of the doctor’s hands, an instrument, or a special table. Whichever method utilized, the goal is the same, to remove nerve impingement by assisting the bones back into normal alignment and restoring proper motion and weight bearing to a joint.
Do I have a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve in the literal sense is a rare occurrence. More commonly the adjacent spinal bone irritates, stretches, rubs or scrapes a nerve. Any of these will distort the nerve messages sent between the brain and body creating pain and harmful alterations.
Why do children need chiropractic care?
Chiropractors treat the condition of life and subluxations may occur at any time in our lives. Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Preliminary studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Many times children have accidents and parents may believe they are fine because they lack external evidence but problems may go undetected for many months or even years.
Are chiropractic treatments safe?
Chiropractic is a natural approach to improved health and has an excellent safety record. In addition our method of treatment here at the clinic “The Activator Method” enjoys the highest safety index with a high degree of specificity.
How many adjustments will I need?
This varies with each patient and their individual health goals. However many patients experience relief within 1-2 weeks of treatments. Other patients may opt for care lasting 6 -8 weeks to completely relieve and/or correct the cause of symptoms.
Still other patients utilize chiropractic care on a regular basis to maintain optimal health status.
How long will I need chiropractic?
After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These visits help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much you want.
Can I have chiropractic care after having surgery?
Yes. Rest assured that your chiropractic doctor will avoid the surgically modified areas of your back. Surgery often causes instability and overuse above or below the involved level. These areas will be the focus of your care.
Will I receive any medication for my pain?
Chiropractors do not dispense any medications. We will provide you with home care suggestions that support your healing process such as ice, heat, stretching, and topical ointment application.
What are the educational requirements to become a chiropractor?
Generally, a doctorate in Chiropractic requires a minimum of 8 years of study. The student is required to complete a four-year undergraduate degree which includes emphases on chemistry, physics, and biology. Upon acceptance to an accredited Chiropractic College the course of study includes: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, dermatology, genetics and subjects related to health and disease.
Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Many insurance plans cover chiropractic care; however, it is advisable to call the toll-free number on the back of your insurance card to identify your policy’s plan for chiropractic coverage.