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Frequently Asked Questions2019-07-27T18:09:06+00:00
Do I Have A Slipped Disc?2019-07-27T17:32:40+00:00

Discs are pads of fibrous tissue that cushion the spaces between vertebrae (spinal bone). Serving as shock absorbers for the spine, they allow the back to turn and bend normally.  Because the top and bottom of each disc are attached to the vertebrae above and below it, discs cannot actually “slip” out of place.  However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge (herniated) or even rupture (tear).  The resulting pressure on surrounding nerve tissues can be intensely painful.

Do I Have A Pinched Nerve?2019-07-27T13:49:24+00:00

Many people have heard the term “pinched nerve” and know that it causes pain and numbness.  But a pinched nerve (also called compression lesion) is rare, causing only 10-15% of spine-related problems.  More often, pain results from nerve tissues being irritated by the rubbing, stretching, or scraping of malfunctioning spinal joints.  Such malfunctions can be caused by many everyday events including injury, poor posture, overuse, or emotional stress.  Chemical toxins can also affect the delicate tissues of the spinal cord and nerve roots.  It’s important to have a doctor determine the cause of your pain and the extent of your problem.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe?2019-07-27T13:48:58+00:00
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. While it’s not unusual to hear about injury due to drug interaction, overdose, or misuse in the medical profession, it is extremely rare to hear of a problem resulting from chiropractic care. According to a recent government study in New Zealand, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe”.

Chiropractic doctors are trained to practice and perform hundreds to thousands of manipulations before delivering them to a patient. To become a Doctor of Chiropractic, the candidate must first pass the demanding National Board Examination. Then, to apply for a professional license, the doctor must pass an even more rigorous test before being given the privilege to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Guided by a thorough case history and examination, your doctor will evaluate your individual needs and determine a course of treatment This conservative, natural approach to better health avoids the dangers associated with invasive procedures and addictive drugs.

How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?2019-07-27T13:48:19+00:00

This depends on your problem and your body’s needs. Long-standing or neglected problems often require ongoing care to restore and maintain good spinal health. You wouldn’t expect just one of the many pills of a prescription to provide a cure.  Similarly, you shouldn’t expect only one adjustment to heal you.  Healing often takes time.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when pain is unbearable.  This “crisis” approach can be time-consuming, costly, and uncomfortable.  Most patients find that best results come from an individual care program and periodic chiropractic checkups.

Discuss your expectations for care with your doctor and ask questions about how you can optimize your spinal health.  Your course of treatment is ultimately your decision.

 

 

What Is An Adjustment?2019-07-27T13:47:55+00:00
When performing an adjustment, your doctor applies precisely directed force to a spinal joint that is out of alignment or not moving properly. Restoring normal motion to spinal joints can allow spinal bones to return to a more proper position, allowing your body to again function as it should. This safe, natural approach to restoring proper spinal and nervous system function can improve your overall health.

Not all adjustments are the same. Often, the doctor’s hands or a specially designed instrument are used to deliver a quick therapeutic thrust to the affected joint. Other techniques require slow, constant pressure.

Based on years of training and experience and careful evaluation of your unique spinal problem, your doctor will recommend a program of care designed for you and your specific needs.

How Can Chiropractic Help Me?2019-07-27T13:47:23+00:00
People often seek chiropractic care for relief from injury, stress, or chronic pain. Chiropractic treats the underlying causes of these problems, rather than just relieving the symptoms. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help correct problems that interfere with your body’s natural state of good health.

Your body’s self-regulating and self-healing functions are controlled by your nervous system. The spinal cord is the central message carrier for your nervous system. Problems with the bones that protect the spinal cord can impair nerve flow. When the nervous system is impaired, tissues and organs throughout the body may not work correctly.
Doctors call this degenerative chain reaction the vertebral subluxation complex. It is an underlying cause of many health problems.

Today’s Doctor of Chiropractic is highly trained in identitying and evaluating functional problems associated with the spinal column. He or she is also skilled in restoring proper spinal biomechanics and nerve function.

With a program of regular spinal maintenance, many patients recover their health and vigor, and often feel better than they did before their problem occurred.

What is Chiropractic?2019-07-27T13:46:04+00:00

The goal of chiropractic is to stimulate your body’s own remarkable resources to help it heal and function better. Chiropractic is a hands-on, drug-free healthcare approach. Millions of people have become healthier using chiropractic principles of a healthy diet, exercise, and maintenance of proper spinal function.

What Can I Do To Help Myself?2019-07-27T13:21:16+00:00
Your doctor can teach you proper sitting and lifting postures. Special exercises to strengthen and retrain the muscles supporting your spine also may be recommended.

While you are healing, get as much rest as your body needs. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. If you are overweight, reduce stress on your spine by losing some extra pounds.

Most importantly, keep all of your appointments with your doctor, and follow your doctor’s recommendations for the best results.

Who Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care?2019-07-27T13:22:10+00:00
People of all ages can enjoy healthier living through chiropractic care. When the body is changing through growth or through aging, maintaining good spinal and nervous system health is especially important.

Children and even infants can also benefit from chiropractic. Because spinal trauma can occur at birth, and later childhood activities may cause spinal problems, many parents have their children’s spines checked regularly.

For seniors, improved spinal function can mean better mobility, endurance, appetite, and an improvement in many age-related ailments.

The safe, natural chiropractic approach to health maintenance makes sense for people of all ages.

How Does An Adjustment Work?2019-07-27T13:22:52+00:00
Imagine a garden hose as a nerve and the water flowing through the hose as nerve impulses. When the hose is lying straight without any kinks, water flows through it freely. if the hose gets compressed or kinked, water flow is reduced or even stopped. If the compression or kinking isn’t fixed, the hose can eventually be damaged.

Like removing the kink from the hose, a spinal adjustment can ease pressure on a nerve, allowing nerve impulses to flow and protect the nerve from further damage.

A pop or click sound it often heard during an adjustment. Doctors call this cavitation. Much like opening a can of carbonated soda, the sound is caused by a rapid change in pressure acting on the fluids within the joint. Cavitation often occurs during an adjustment, but it does not have to occur for the adjustment to be effective.

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