Q: Will I need to continue to see a chiropractor?
A: Many people wonder if they have to go to a chiropractor for the rest of the life once they start. Our practice members find that, similar to exercising regularly or brushing your teeth every day, chiropractic care can be used proactively to stay functioning at the highest possible levels. It can be incorporated into your lifestyle as a success strategy, rather than something you have to do.
Q: What is Chiropractic?
A: Chiropractic is a form of manual therapy that is over 100 years old. Chiropractic care is used to treat a number of musculoskeletal and other health problems. In addition to treating your symptoms, Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct the underlying cause of the problem. At our office, care includes a wide variety of soft tissue techniques as well as chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic can be used to treat the entire musculoskeletal system, not just the back. Treatments are very safe and can be used alone or in conjunction with other types of health care.
Q: What do chiropractors do?
A: Chiropractors are highly skilled in the hands-on art of spinal adjustment. An adjustment involves applying a specific force in a precise direction to a joint that is troublesome (for instance, it may be locked up of not moving properly). The purpose of the adjustment is to help restore a more normal position or motion, often relieving pain. Using this technique, chiropractors can treat any joint in your body… from your spine all the way to your fingers and toes! Treatment is always within you comfort level and often can be quite relaxing.
Q: What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A: Chiropractic treatment involves the manipulation of joints, with the goal of decreasing the pain by improving movement and function within that joint. When a joint is adjusted (moved), there is a natural change in the internal pressure of the joint. The change results in release of gas normally dissolved in the fluid which lubricates the joint. The release of this gas may produce a “crack” or “pop” sound.
Q: Is chiropractic care safe?
A: Research continues to support the safety and efficiency of chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery, which have their place but may produce side effects and complications. As each patient is unique, each treatment and adjustment is unique as well. Your age, size and individual challenge will determine which technique(s) will best put you on the road to wellness.