Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is a profession that concentrates on treating people who have a disorder of the musculoskeletal and/or nervous system. In addition, preventative care to maintain normal joint function and neurological flow for general well-being. Chiropractic is non-surgical where the doctor manipulates the spine and/or other joints of the body aiming at correcting alignment, alleviating pain and aiding in the healing process.

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What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

A Chiropractic adjustment is an art, science and skill using specific, controlled force to a joint that is not moving correctly. The goal of this natural, safe and effective treatment is to correct the structural alignment and mitigate the interference in the nervous system. This means improved spinal function, decreased pain, and overall enhancement in health and wellness.

What is the popping sound when the joint is adjusted?

Chiropractors adjust synovial joints (2 joints that almost touch surrounded by fluid). When an adjustment is given it stretches the joint capsule which opens up an area that’s restricted restoring range of motion. It’s gas from the synovial fluid being released that makes this noise. It restored restricted range of motion, it restores normal nerve function (nerve irritation), relaxes muscles adjacent to segments adjusted and causes endogenous endorphins to be released at the level which reduces pain. It then corrected the problem that was causing the issue and have reduced all of the symptoms associated with it.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No! Each patient’s care is unique and customized based on their clinical exam and X-ray findings.

How can I speed up the healing process after an injury?

After an injury (fall, car accident, etc.) it is important to see a Chiropractor as soon as possible. In the case of a car accident, the effects don’t have to be immediate therefore pain and dysfunction may be felt at a later date. Therefore, timing is important to reduce the negative consequences that may derive from the injury. Furthermore, by taking care of yourself between visits by eating healthy, performing exercises prescribed and getting adequate rest, ou will in turn speed up your own recovery process.

Are Chiropractors doctors?

Yes! Doctors of Chiropractic are not medical doctors (MDs), but go through a comparable education process to become licensed. In fact, academic requirements for Chiropractors are among the most demanding of any health care profession.

Are adjustments safe?

Yes! Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed Chiropractor. Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one safest, drug-free and non-invasive treatment available for most musculoskeletal dysfunction.

How often will I have to see my Chiropractor?

Each patient is different. For example, an 85-year-old with chronic back pain is going to need more care than a 20-year-old who “tweaked” their back working out. After the consultation, physical and X-ray examination the doctor will prescribe a care plan that is individualized to you.

Can I learn to adjust myself?

No! Adjustments are very specific in terms of location and direction therefore it is virtually impossible to adjustment oneself correctly and accurately.

Are Chiropractic adjustments similar to massages?

No! Massage focuses on muscle tension and circulation throughout the body whereas Chiropractic affects the nervous system and spinal function/structure.

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