Here you can find out more information on the world of chiropractic, dispel any myths you have about the field, and answer any questions you might have.
- Is chiropractic a sub-specialty or sub-division of medicine?
- Why don't medical doctors and chiropractors get along?
- If I'm in pain, will I receive medication?
- Is everyone adjusted the same way?
- Can adjustments make my spine too loose?
- What causes the noise?
- How many adjustments will I need?
- Why do newborns get adjustments?
- How long until I feel better?
- Can I adjust myself?
- Can I receive chiropractic care after back or neck surgery?
- What if my insurance doesn't cover chiropractic care?
No. Chiropractic is distinct. It isn't massage, physiotherapy, medicine, naturopathy or anything else. Chiropractic is the philosophy, science, and art of locating and correcting spinal subluxations . No other health professional is trained to do this. Do you know someone who could benefit from a healthy nervous system? Of course you do! Refer a friend to our office today.
This is changing. Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the benefits of chiropractic care. Attitudes are slow to change. However, as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery, more and more medical practitioners are referring their patients to our office.
No. Chiropractors don't dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, we can show you how to use ice to control painful symptoms. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects of pain medications.
No. With 24 movable bones in the spine, each of which can move 7 different directions, we see a variety of spinal patterns. Each patient's care is tailored for his or her age, condition, and health goals.
No. Only the spinal joints that are "locked up" receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
The shifting of gas and fluids within a joint space produce the popping noise we associate with the cracking of our knuckles. It is the same phenomena during a spinal adjustment that makes the noise. The sound is interesting, but it is not a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.
This question is ambiguous. The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual case. Long standing subluxations can take months or even years to completely correct. And unfortunately, most people don't come to the chiropractor until they feel pain, which means their subluxation could have existed many years before the pain arrived.
Birth is when your first subluxation can arrive. Forceps, and other sometimes needed interventions, can cause extreme trauma to an infant's spine. Even today's natural childbirth methods can affect an infant's spine. Only your doctor of chiropractic can locate and correct subluxations. Pediatric adjustments are quite gentle. The doctor applies a very light pressure to adjust an infant's spine.
Some patients experience almost instant relief of their symptoms. Others discover it can take many weeks, months or years. But remember, feeling good does not necessarily mean that you're healthy. Yes, I want you to "feel good", however, the mere absence of symptoms is just that. Follow my recommendations for a maximum correction of your subluxations.
Absolutely not. Some people can make their back and neck "pop", but that is not an adjustment! When one "cracks" themselves, they are moving vertebrae that already move too much. Damage can occur by adding more motion to a joint with already weakened muscles and ligaments. Chiropractic adjustments are specific. And here's something you should know: chiropractors have to go to chiropractors!
Yes. Rest assured that your chiropractic doctor will avoid surgically modified segments of your spine. Surgery many times causes instability above or below the involved levels. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
Your health affects everything you do. It is your most valuable possession. It is definitely convenient when an insurance company helps pay. But beware! Don't allow the profit motive of an insurance company dictate what is best for your health. We have financial plans that make chiropractic care affordable for nearly everyone.