What do Chiropractors do?

Chiropractors are trained to ensure your nervous system is free of spinal nerve interference.  They believe in whole body wellness.  Wellness is the state of health where your body is free of spinal nerve interference, allowing you to enjoy your life.  Your chiropractor will discover any spinal nerve interference within your spinal column and with specific chiropractic adjustments, will correct them.  Your body will then be free to heal itself and function at an optimal level.

Chiropractors teach you how you can live “sublaxation-free”.  This is achieved through better posture, diet, attitude, exercise and rest leading to a higher quality of life

What are “subluxations”?

The body depends on the free flow of nerve communication from the brain, through the spinal column, to every part of the body.  When any of these nerves become twisted, the vital communication system is interrupted.  These neurological interruptions are called subluxations.

What causes vertebral subluxations?

With children, subluxations often occur during the birth process.  All of the pulling, pushing and twisting on the newborn’s neck and spine during the birth process often cause one or more vertebra to be pushed out of place resulting in subluxations.  As we grow up, subluxations are caused daily by falls, sports activities, accidents/injuries, bad posture, physical and emotional stress and many other things.  By having a chiropractor correct these subluxations throughout your childhood and the rest of your life, your family can achieve improved quality of life.

What are some of the warning signs of subluxations?

Subluxations can cause pain and muscle spasms.  However, most of the time, you will not experience any symptoms.  Often symptoms such as headaches, back pain, neck stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, numbness in your hands and feet and various other symptoms can be signs of subluxations.

How can I prevent subluxations?

The number one way to prevent subluxations is to have your chiropractor give you lifetime wellness care.  Other ways you prevent subluxations include proper nutrition, rest, exercise, massage therapy, a positive attitude and good posture.  Poor posture can be caused by excessive weight, negative mental attitudes, injury to joints, bones and ligaments, faulty nutrition, improper sleep support, poorly designed shoes and various other contributing factors.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of introducing a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a vertebra that is subluxated.  The adjustment releases the vertebra back to it’s normal position along the spine, allowing proper nerve flow to and from the brain.

What causes the sound made during a chiropractic adjustment?

The sound is not actually the spine “cracking” or “popping” like most people think.  The sound is created by air rushing in to fill the partial vacuum when the joints are lightly separated.

Can I adjust myself?

No.  A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific vertebra, and it is impossible to adjust yourself.  When you or a friend crack or pop your back and neck, it will give temporary relief, but you have not actually adjusted the subluxation, and it could be very dangerous.

What does it feel like to be adjusted?

Chiropractic patients are very comfortable and relaxed while getting adjusted.  An adjustment should not be painful.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No.  Your chiropractor will take a case history and perform specific chiropractic tests to decide if you are subluxated and technique they will utilize.  There are numerous techniques taught in chiropractic colleges throughout the world.  Your chiropractor is trained in several different techniques and will choose the technique that is best for you.

Once you get adjusted, do you have to keep getting adjusted forever?

No.  However, it would be an advantage for you to speak with a chiropractor about lifetime wellness care.  Once your symptoms disappear, you might be tempted to quit care.  However, it is important to understand just because your symptoms are gone temporarily, does not mean your spinal problems are corrected.  The symptoms are often the first thing to disappear.  Many spinal subluxations have been neglected since early childhood.  These longstanding problems usually involve soft tissue damage, muscle weakness and degenerative changes in the spine.  In some cases, ongoing corrective care will help your spine reach optimal health.  If you continue chiropractic care it is ultimately up to you.  However, periodic chiropractic check-ups will allow your body to fight off sickness and encourage health.

Is chiropractic care safe?

Yes.  Chiropractic care is definitely one of the safest types of health care.  Without the use of drugs or surgery, chiropractors utilize a conservative approach when correcting vertebral subluxations.  One just needs to compare the malpractice premiums paid by chiropractors to that paid by medical doctors.  Chiropractic premiums are approximately 1/20 the price of the premiums medical doctors pay.  Hundreds of thousands of people will die this year as a result of bad medicine.  Of the millions of people under chiropractic care, only a handful will even make a complaint.

Can chiropractic care help me?

Chiropractic care is beneficial to every man, woman, child and animal that has a spine.  Understanding that the brain and spinal cord make up your nervous system, one can understand that chiropractic care works by restoring balance to the body, giving it a better chance to heal itself.  Everyone needs proper nerve function.  Chiropractic care provides your body with a greater potential to defend itself against germs and infection.  You and your family should be checked regularly for spinal nerve interference.

Why do children need chiropractic care?

The birth process can be one of the most traumatic events of a child’s life.  The spine can often be injured during the delivery.  Having your child checked by a chiropractor immediately after birth is a very wise decision.  Spinal nerve interference from the birth process often becomes more serious as your child grows up.  Only a doctor of chiropractic has the proper training and qualifications to diagnose and correct vertebral subluxations.

Your child’s posture is an important indicator of spinal problems.  Scoliosis is often caused by improper posture.  By having your children checked at a young age, these problems might be prevented.  Children often become involved in sports at a young age.  These activities can often include minor injuries.  When your children play, they are jumping, running, twisting, bumping and falling all over the place.  Often they will become subluxated during these activities.  To minimize the chance of future health problems, it is important to have your children checked by a chiropractor on a regular basis.

What typically happens on the first visit?

Typically, on the first visit, you will fill out a complete health history detailing past injuries or problems and present symptoms.  Remember, your chiropractor is not asking you about your symptoms because he is going to treat them.  The symptoms help the chiropractor determine where you are subluxated and what technique to use.  Your chiropractor will then review your case history with you and discuss how you may be helped through chiropractic care.

Your chiropractor will then discuss the Report of Findings with you.  These are the results of the examination.  Your chiropractor will then recommend a specific course of care for you.

How many people are currently seeking care from chiropractors?

Over 25 million people have experienced the remarkable results of chiropractic care.  This number continues to grow as more and more people take responsibility for their healthcare and choose non-invasive, drug-free healthcare.  Chiropractic care is about ½ the price of medical care.