1. What is chiropractic care and how does it work?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that optimal health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic looks to address disease, which we more accurately refer to as “dis-ease” not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and correcting a neuro-musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
2. Why should I see a chiropractor?
Chiropractic healthcare is a holistic and natural approach to health and wellness. Of course, your chiropractor is trained to treat conditions that create discomfort, which you may easily relate to the spine, but you may also find relief from conditions you may not immediately relate to your spine. For example, besides the obvious conditions like neck and back pain, some other conditions indirectly related to the spine and nervous system may be decreased mobility, headaches, dizziness, allergies, asthma, intestinal distress, injury from sports, work, automobile accidents and more!
3. What is an adjustment and does it hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. Some patients may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. No twisting or popping with our ProAdjuster technology.
4. Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor for injury has been documented to be in excess of one million to one, which equates to the same likelihood of being struck by lightning.
5. Is chiropractic safe for children and pregnant women?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is not only safe, it is essential. Throughout pregnancy the forward weight of the baby changes your spine’s center of gravity, which will change the way you walk towards the end of pregnancy, placing increasing strain on the spine and pelvis. Spinal adjustments during pregnancy result in a more comfortable pregnancy, and in many cases significantly shorter labor time.
There have also been several large-scale research studies verifying the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. Proper joint motion is essential for optimal bone growth, especially during “growth spurts”. Just like the bones, a child’s nervous system is also developing at a rapid rate. The nervous system includes the brain, the spinal cord, and all the millions of nerves that serve every inch of your body. Just like the bones need proper joint motion for optimal function, the nerves need no interference in order to develop optimal communication.
6. What is subluxation?
Subluxation refers to a spinal bone (vertebra) that is not in its right position or not moving in its normal range of motion. Misaligned vertebrae interfere with or irritate nerves and blood vessels, which in turn affects the way the nervous system communicates with your body. Subluxations are the cause of many musculoskeletal pains, as well as dysfunctions in muscles, organs and glands. The body’s natural ability to heal itself is greatly improved with the elimination of vertebral subluxations.
7. Can I adjust myself?
No. This is because a proper spinal adjustment requires a specific force delivered at a precise angle which is impossible to perform correctly to yourself. Many people think when they twist or turn their neck in certain ways they are performing an adjustment because they hear the popping sound. Unfortunately, this is not true and if too much force is used in this manner, damage to the spine or spinal nerves can occur.
8. Will my insurance cover it?
Our doctors are in-network with most insurances, as well as Medicare. As a courtesy to our patients, our office will complete your insurance forms at no charge and file them with your insurance company.