Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic emphasizes a natural method of healthcare that has been proven to relief musculoskeletal pain, promote wellbeing, improve performance and increase vitality. Over the last century doctors of chiropractic have effectively helped millions of individuals recover from their health problems. This is the reason why the chiropractic profession has become the largest non-surgical and drugless healthcare profession in the United States.
How does chiropractic work?
The human body has a natural ability to restore itself. The nervous system governs the effectiveness of this process to occur. There are many life events such as car accidents, stress, sports injuries, repetitive injuries, and hormonal imbalances that hinder the body’s natural ability to adapt. When these events occur the joints in the body become restricted, limiting range of motion and could result in irritation or compression at the spinal nerve. These joint distortions are known as subluxations and with proper care can be addressed and corrected.
What make us different?
We have the skills and tools to better evaluate your total spinal health condition, from digital low dose x-rays, computerized x-ray postural stress analysis systems, and multiple spinal decompression tables to treat specific spinal conditions. We are very adamant about our patients health and will give you the tools necessary to thrive.
I do not like to get my bones cracked, how can I get treated?
We understand that their are a few patients that do not like to be “cracked” or are maybe just afraid that something bad will happen. We are very intuitive in your path to wellness and therapy process. If adjustments aren’t for you, we have numerous other therapies to handle these situations and still maintain an exceptional customized treatment protocol for you.
How frequently do I need to come in for treatment?
The best answer for this question is that it depends on how much damage is present and how much change we can expect to make in turning your condition around. Typically more therapy is needed early in the treatment progress. We progressively work out your body to change postural and soft tissue memory. As the symptoms you are experiencing begin to diminish, less care is needed and the restorative process can begin. We are often able to significantly reduce the number of visits when the patient is disciplined with their home care procedures.
How long will it take to correct my problem?
Correcting your problem depends on how much damage and postural imbalances are present, and how well you correct the stressors that repeatedly harm your body. Generally, the earlier a problem is handled the shorter time is necessary for correction (2-6 months), more complex cases much longer (6-24 months).
I heard that I can get a stoke from neck manipulations?
- There are many risk factors for stroke including blood clotting problems, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, heart problems, and trauma such as blows to the head from accidental falls or sports injuries.
- Strokes or stroke-like symptoms are also associated with normal everyday activities such as cradling a phone between your ear and shoulder during a prolonged conversation, having your hair washed at a hair salon, dental procedures, painting a ceiling, and turning your head while driving. These strokes from ordinary neck movements occur without warning in some people for no apparent reason. The reasons for this are not understood and research continues into why in rare cases, some people are susceptible when most are not. (Adapted from the ACA)
I want to avoid spine surgery, how can you help me?
- The process of traditional medicine goes like this; patient sees a primary doctor and is given pain/muscle relaxers. If that does not help the patient may be referred to a therapist for 6-8 treatments. If that fails they are referred to an orthopedic who may request a MRI and depending on the results may offer surgery.
- Little or no emphasis is placed on proper spinal mechanics and posture which might be leveraging your spinal condition in the first place. Spinal surgeries often bring many new complications to the forefront, and in many cases do not fix the problem at hand.
- A narrow focused doctor that sees your condition just as a disc herniation that requires surgery and fails to understand the structural mechanics behind it, often leads to a failed back surgery (some estimate 75% failure rate).
- What is overlooked by others, we seldom miss because of our comprehensive evaluation process.
Can chiropractic help someone who has has neck/back surgery?
Chiropractic will help you body in attaining and maintaining a increased sense of function. After one has undergone a neck/back surgery their may be residual symptoms that were not resolved by the surgical intervention.
I can‘t sleep because of back and leg pain, what’s going on?
The spine expands at night that mean the space between the joints may swell when this happens it can cause discomfort. This happens mostly when the spine lacks its normal curves and alignment accompanied with spinal degenerative changes. Usually, it is more affected when your bed is not properly supporting you, Depending on your sleeping position the type of mattress is really important. The proper mattress is extremely important as we sleep one third of our life. If you have any questions on mattress please let us know and put you in the right direction.
I can’t sit for longer than fifteen minutes until my sciatica flairs up, will spinal decompression therapy help?
Yes, most likely. Sciatica symptoms are commolly associated with lumbar spine complications such as arthritis and disk herniations. We will able to calculate your spinal stress patterns and start a program that helps your condition. Flexion distraction and spinal decompression are great therapy options to alleviate these conditions. See our page on spinal decompression.
My daughter is 14 years old and has a 30 degree thoracolumbar scoliosis, what should she do and avoid?
At the age of 14, the bones within her spine are developing quickly and are putting pressure on the ossification centers within the vertebrae causing them to grow in a abnormal wedge shape that leads to structural permanency and a poor treatment outcome. As with all conditions it is best if it is treated in its early stages to avoid complications later in life.
Are there many athletes who use chiropractic?
In short, Yes! There are many professional and amateur athletes alike that utilize chiropractic care to quicken heal time and perform at their highest levels. Chiropractors offer a number of treatment options to improve joint and muscle conditioning in turn having a direct relationship with athletic performance. By improving neuromuscular and biomechanical function, the athlete can function at his/her peak performance as well as decrease the chances of future injury. Chiropractic care and physiotherapy can also be used to shorten the healing time of most of the common injuries seen on the field.
In most cases athletic injuries and other injuries aren’t too different in nature. Treatment plans will be developed according to the condition on hand and the goals the patient will want to fulfill.
What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care can:
- Improve prober biomechanics in your in your torso, back, shoulders and neck
- Train muscles and ligaments to support proper posture
- Provide lasting relief from chronic headaches, neck aches and back pain.
- Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Enhance your athletic performance
- Increase your bodies flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
- Correct gait imbalances and alleviate foot, knee, and hip problems
Does chiropractic care require X-rays?
X-rays play a very important role in the diagnosis process and management of patient care. After we perform a detailed patient history and have conducted a physical examination, we may want to take X-rays depending on the severity of the condition. Our X-rays are taken in the office and the radiation levels are much lower than the standard. We perform a detailed report of findings to help you better understand your X-rays, and coupled with the proper treatment to maximize your potential results.