1. What is Chiropractic?
Answer: Chiropractic is a health care profession based on the relationships between the spine and nervous system, as well as the surrounding muscles. A chiropractor is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the overall function of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies.
2. Are chiropractors doctors?
Answer: Yes. Doctors of Chiropractic, more commonly known as Chiropractors, go through a similar education process as a medical doctor to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care. In fact, educational requirements for chiropractors are among the most stringent of any health care profession.
3. What do chiropractors treat?
Answer: Most often, people go to chiropractors the first time for relief from neck and back pain. But chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from back and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. Moreover, people don’t need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on on-going preventive and wellness care. Chiropractic care is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
4. What is a Chiropractic adjustment?
Answer: There are two categories of Chiropractic adjustment: manipulation and mobilization. Manual manipulation refers to a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust that is applied to misaligned vertebra with the goal of repositioning the bone and in turn improving functionality, reducing nerve irritability and restoring the range of motion in the affected area. It is also commonly known as “chiropractic adjustment”. Chiropractic mobilization refers to low velocity manipulation, movement and stretching of the muscles and joints, with the goal of increasing the range of motion within those areas.
5. Will an adjustment hurt?
Answer: Chiropractic adjustments usually do not hurt. Adjustments to certain areas in the spine or extremities may feel slightly uncomfortable, but once the adjustment is performed you should not feel pain. In general, patients enjoy being adjusted and like the way that the adjustment feels. The adjustment also helps relax the patient. If it is your first time being adjusted, you may experience slight soreness or discomfort for 12-24 hours following the adjustment. This is relieved by moist heat and stretching and will subside if it happens at all.
6. Are adjustments safe?
Answer: Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.
7. What is that “popping” sound?
Answer: During an adjustment, often an accompanying, audible release of gas is heard that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure.It should be known that joint cavitation or cracking does not occur with all adjustments, typically as a result of the patient not being adequately relaxed.
8. I am pregnant. Can I be adjusted?
Answer: Many pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments improve the overall experience of the pregnancy and make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient.
9. Will my treatment be covered by my insurance?
Answer: It’s important to understand the costs involved with chiropractic care, what your insurance covers, and what your financial responsibilities may be.This will vary between providers and insurance plans. Insurance coverage for chiropractic care can depend on a variety of factors. Most plans cover the cost of chiropractic care for acute (short-term) conditions. However, many patients often have a co-pay at the time of their visit.
Most providers cover initial and some rehabilitative care for acute conditions, but many do not cover maintenance or wellness treatments. We will be more than happy to help you determine eligibility and provide affordable options to out-of-pocket payers.
10. Is chiropractic effective?
Answer: Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health.
11. Why should I see a Chiropractor?
Answer: Seeing a chiropractor is not only for back pain and neck pain. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body at its peak performance through nutrition, adjustment and overall wellness. In addition, chiropractic care has been known to help a wide range of conditions from fibromyalgia to diabetes.
12. What is Subluxation?
Answer: When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.
13. How does chiropractic care work?
Answer: Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.
In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.
While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more.
14. What can I expect from my visit to a chiropractor?
Answer: Going to the Chiropractor is a new experience for many of us. Maybe we've heard through a friend or have done some research online. It's possible that you are just fed up with living in pain and it's time to do something about it. In either case, your first visit to the chiropractor will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition and goals.
15. What results can I expect from treatment?
Answer: Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.
If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear.
Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at its peak.