What do Chiropractors do?
The major procedure Chiropractors perform is a "spinal adjustment." The purpose of spinal adjustments is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into the affected joint that have become hypomobile or restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury.
What is a Tissue injury?
Tissue injury can be caused by a specific traumatic even, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or an automobile accident, or through repetitive stresses such as bending, lifting twisting, pushing, pulling, prolonged sitting or standing. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and nerve interference, all of which cause diminished function for he patient. Adjusting the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, and removes nerve pressure, thereby alleviating pain, muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal
Is Chiropractic Safe?
It has been established by the U.S government that Chiropractic is he SAFEST and MOST EFFECTIVE treatment for back pain.
Does getting an adjustment hurt?
Typically, adjustments do not hurt. Chiropractic is safe and gentle. The spinal adjustment itself does no hurt. However, you may be sore after the first adjustment, similar to starting an exercise program. Approximately 95% of new patients feel some improvement after their first adjustment, 3% feel no change for the first several adjustments, and 2% (chronic pain cases) may feel a bit worse before they start realizing the true benefits of chiropractic treatment.
Do I need to have x-rays taken?
We always suggest having them taken. In order to correct the "glitch" in your body's hard drive, we take x-rays of the involved area of your spine. X-rays reveal the extent of spinal stress your daily activities have caused. This is important in determining the course of treatment required to help with your health condition, and in how to effectively reboot your body's computer.
How many times will I need to come in?
This varies from person to person. A number of factors affect the length of care required for recovery:
1. How long have you had the problem?
2. Is this the first episode, or is this a recurring condition?
3. How much does your condition interfere with your daily activities?
4. How often does the condition present itself? Is it constant or does it come and go?
5. Is this from an automobile accident, a fall, or did you simply wake up with it?
6. What is you age?
Frequently Asked Questions
Truths about Chiropractic
Chiropractors are doctors - Chiropractors are doctors, just as a medical physicians are doctors, licensed in the state in which they practice. Chiropractors actually have more classroom hours than medical doctors. D.C Stands for Doctor of Chiropractic.
Helps Adults and Children - Chiropractic results are usually achieved much quicker on children than adults. This is because most adult problems are chronic in nature, that started during childhood.
Increases Vitality and Health - Chiropractors address the vertebral restrictions to improve the function of the nervous system, thus improving vitality and health.
Chiropractic saves You money - Chiropractic care has been proven to be 3 times more cost effective than medical treatment.
Modern Chiropractic has been around for over 100 years - Chiropractic has been around since the days of Hippocrates, who stated " Wen all else fails, look to the spine for the cause of disease." Modern Chiropractic was established in 189 when Dr. B.J Palmer, D.C restored a deaf man's hearing. Chiropractic care is a present in most countries around the world. Millions of people have experienced the benefits of lifetime Chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Improves Athletic Performance - Many professional athletic teams utilize Chiropractic treatment.
Your Body Does The Healing - Since the body is a self-healing organism, it is the body, not the doctor, that does the healing. The doctor removes the restriction (subluxation) thus removing the nerve interference, which then allows the body to heal itself. CHIROPRACTORS ARE THE ONLY healthcare professional trained in detecting, and removing the subluxations from the nervous system.
True Health is controlled by your nervous system - The body is made to repair itself and to maintain health without medication. It just needs to be free of nerve interference. And, that is what the Chiropractic profession is about. We focus on disorders of the nervous system caused by nerve interference from spinal instability. These "neuromusculoskeletal disorders", account for the majority of problems that affect your overall heath. These disorders result from everyday activities that set up various types of instabilities in the spine, which in turn cause interference with the signals transmitted from the affected nerves so that optimum function is restored to the body
How The Body Works
The Central Nervous System (CNS) controls & coordinates all of your bodily functions. When you have proper communication between the nervous system and the body, you enjoy optimum health. A miscommunication brings about ill health.
Think of your body as a computer. When a "glitch" occurs on your computer hard drive, you have to reboot it in order for the software components to function properly again.
The same holds true for your body. The Central Nervous System is your body's hard drive. It is comprised of the brain and spinal cord, which send a constant flow of messages to, and receive a constant flow of messages from all parts of the boy (systems, organs, glans, and tissues), which make up the software. This flow of messages is sent though the spinal nerve roots.
There are a pair of spinal nerve roots at each level of the spine, comprised of nerves coming from and leading to all par of the body, and enter and exit the spinal cord along its entire length, through the individual vertebrae.
Approximately 75% - 80% of health problems result from our daily actives that cause a "glitch" in the body's hard drive, which in turn, requires rebooting the CNS in order to restore proper function. You see, our daily activities cause stress to the spine. Because the spinal nerve roots travel through the vertebra of the spine, this spinal stress irritates the nerve fibers within the involved nerve root, resulting in a miscommunication/malfunction between the brain and the involved part of the body, a "glitch" if you will.
A "glitch" in your body' hard drive appear as a symptom: i.e neck or back pain, headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, numbness, tingling, or pain in the arms or legs, digestive problems, colic, frequent urination, ect.
A good example is frequent urination: The urinary bladder is designed to hold approximately 400 ml of urine. Nerves are attached to the bladder. There is a continuous flow of signals traveling from the brain to the nerves requesting status as to the amount of urine in the bladder. Once the bladder fills to 400 ml, the nerves activate, and send a signal to the brain that the bladder is now full and needs to empty. The brain then communicates with your consciousness making you aware that you need to empty the bladder .
However, if there i a "glitch" in the signal between the nerves attached to the bladder, they may activate early, when the bladder is only half filled. If this "glitch" occurs, the brain then tells you to empty the bladder more often, resulting in the condition of frequent urination.
In simplistic terms, Chiropractic care (spinal adjustments) is the mechanism by which you CNS is rebooted. If you don't reboot the CNS, more advanced symptoms may result. In addition, disc degeneration and spinal osteoarthritis may result, which can complicate the rebooting of your CNS.