FAQs

How long does it take to see results?

Results vary from person to person. Factors such as lifestyle, age, and the degree of spinal misalignment determine the time necessary to see results. Typically the more chronic the problem, the longer it takes to see results. Happily, relief is just around the corner for most cases. The doctor can usually provide a recovery time estimate after the initial exam. Everyone is unique, but we have treated thousands of cases and have a very clear picture of what to expect.

Does it hurt?

We utilize the latest techniques of low force spinal corrective methods. These methods require none of the older, rougher, physical techniques. The vast majority of our patients find these newer methods to be very comfortable, even on the sorest, most sensitive and painful conditions.

Can chiropractic care help my lower back pains?

Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints, the two interlocking “fingers” at the back of each spinal bone. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated, and inflamed. Another cause of lower back pain is a bulging disc, putting pressure on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root. Chiropractic adjustments help normalize functions to reduce painful symptoms – without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic doctors often consult with neurologists, radiologists, and orthopedic specialists when designing care programs for patients with impaired disc involvement.

Can chiropractic care help my headaches? A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck and upper back. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated, they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but they do not correct the underlying structural cause. If a thorough examination reveals

A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck and upper back. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated, they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but they do not correct the underlying structural cause. If a thorough examination reveals a reduced range of motion, loss of normal spinal curve, or mechanical restrictions, chiropractic care should be considered.

At what age can children receive chiropractic care?

The modern Chiropractor can be called on to provide care for patients of all ages. Children are the easiest to help, for their spinal problems are not long-standing, and they respond quickly. There is also no age limit on those who might benefit from Chiropractic care, and many patients come with long-standing problems that other healing avenues have not been able to help.

What other conditions can chiropractic help? Carpal Tunnel, Sports Injuries, Poor Concentration including ADD/ADHD, Bed-wetting (Enuresis), Ear Infections, Colic, Depression, Stress of Pregnancy, Constipation, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Fatigue, Tinnitus, Sleep Disorders and Memory Loss.

Carpal Tunnel, Sports Injuries, Poor Concentration including ADD/ADHD, Bed-wetting (Enuresis), Ear Infections, Colic, Depression, Stress of Pregnancy, Constipation, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Fatigue, Tinnitus, Sleep Disorders and Memory Loss.

What is a subluxation?

The word “subluxation” comes from the Latin words meaning “to dislocate” (luxare) and “somewhat or slightly” malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic, and organ tissue as well as an imbalance in the normal body processes.

What causes subluxation?

A fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma, or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can displace a vertebra. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and stress.

How is a subluxation corrected?

Doctors of chiropractic are specialists in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. They are trained to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually, using the chiropractic procedure known as “spinal adjustment.” Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae. In some cases, the chiropractor may use instrumentation to detect subluxations and adjust the spine.

Does the adjustment hurt?

Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma (e.g., whiplash), mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.

Is regular chiropractic care necessary?

Regular chiropractic care may be necessary to correct spinal subluxations to help maintain sound health and fitness. Your spine is under constant strain during waking hours. Improper lifting techniques, poor posture, accidents, falls and bumps, and other causes can contribute to spinal strain. Timely adjustment can help restore the neuromusculoskeletal integrity of the spine to normalize the bodily equilibrium and increase resistance.

How old should a person be before he or she begins chiropractic care?
Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned. For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. Left uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves which control the youngster’s muscles and organs. In some cases, an uncorrected subluxation may lead to a deformity of the spinal column. An early chiropractic checkup may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable.

How will the adjustment help me?

Chiropractic adjustments by themselves do not actually heal the body. When any of the 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become misaligned, a basic imbalance or disruption can occur in the nervous and blood vascular systems, which may contribute to stress in the body. Chiropractic adjustment help eliminates that imbalance or disruption so that the body can function at its true potential.

Does an adjustment have to make noise to be effective?

No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make noise to be properly adjusted. However, more often than not when your vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum, making a noise. This is the sound made when you crack your knuckles. Your chiropractor is concerned with the position of your vertebrae, not with the noise that may occur.

Should I go to a Chiropractor if I feel fine?

Even if you feel fine, chiropractic care can help your body maintain its required level of health and fitness. Your chiropractor can recommend a preventive spinal-care program and advise you on correct posture, dietary information and back exercises. Regular spinal checkups can help detect and prevent spinal stress due to subluxations.

Is it true that Chiropractors do not prescribe medication or perform surgery?

Yes. Chiropractors do not include medication or surgery in their treatment program. Chiropractors maintain that the body has a built-in capacity to restore health within certain limits, and base their care on this principle. Occasionally, the use of medication can interfere with the body’s healing mechanisms, produce side effects, create a dependence and lead to drug-caused disease or complications. The first response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care. Chiropractic’s principles make it possibly the safest and most appealing of the healing arts.

How does chiropractic care help the pregnant woman?

Chiropractic care can help ease the discomfort caused by additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women. These areas of discomfort may include pain in the lower back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also occur. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices. It is wise, however, to first inquire about the experience of your chiropractor in caring for pregnant women and what he or she recommends for you. Many chiropractic patients claim to have easier births and experience less stress and pain during the physical changes a body goes through during pregnancy. Here are some of our patients being treated while pregnant.