Chiropractic FAQ

Is chiropractic effective?
Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time, and cause stress to our neurological system. A chiropractic adjustment works by removing interference to the nervous system and restoring your own inborn ability to heal. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well, and in order to do that, it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, the nerve interference caused by restricted vertebrae is removed, which allows optimal nervous system function and improved health.

Why should I see a Chiropractor?
Seeing a chiropractor is not only for back pain and neck pain. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body at its peak performance through nutrition, adjustment and overall wellness. In addition, chiropractic care has been known to help a wide range of conditions from fibromyalgia to diabetes.

What is a Subluxation?
When a vertebrae loses its proper motion or gets stuck our of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump, to a car accident, or any other sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that send messages from the brain to its intended place, and over time, the result is dysfunction and disease.

How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.

In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.

While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are often called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and more. Since the chiropractic adjustment directly effects the nervous system and causes a reduction of stress on the body,  any number of conditions can be improved through chiropractic treatment.

What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?
  An Adjustment is the method chiropractors use to increase movement of a vertebra or joint. The objective of this movement is to increase joint function and to reduce stress on the nervous system, which will improve the overall health of the body.

When joints have improper motion, the nerves exiting those areas can get irritated and the information from the brain to the body becomes distorted. Without proper information flowing from our nerves to our body, we cannot function at our peak.

An adjustment uses the doctor's hands or an instrument to get a joint or bone moving again. This is often administered as a quick movement and is often quite comfortable.  You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles, referred to as joint cavitation, but that popping sound is not necessary to restore movement to the joint. It is just the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint that make that sound. An adjustment instrument can also be used to improve motion, and in this case, a quick vibrating action initiates the movement, and no cavitation occurs.

What can I expect from my visit to a chiropractor?
Going to the Chiropractor is a new experience for many of us, and every chiropractor is a little different. Maybe you've heard through a friend or have done some research online. It's possible that you are just fed up with living in pain and you want to try a different approach. In either case, your first visit to the chiropractor will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition and goals. Never hesitate to tell the doctor your concerns and your expectations, because the more informed the doctor is, the better they can serve you.

What results can I expect from treatment?
Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances, both structural and postural, in an effort to allow the body to heal itself. For this to happen, the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord and through the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions and allow the body to perform at its peak.

If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fallen down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to spinal dysfunction. While there are many potential physical causes for this, there are also chemical and emotional culprits. Your chiropractor can help you identify the sources of stress that are causing problems in your body and help you address them.
Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at its peak, and you can finally be free to achieve true health and wellness.

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