Is chiropractic safe?
Yes! Chiropractic is a non-invasive natural way to relieve back, neck and joint pain as well as restore optimal spinal, nervous system and joint function, and health. In fact, Chiropractic is the largest natural healing profession in the world. Doctors of Chiropractic pay at least 4 times less for malpractice insurance (about $1,400/year) than a General Practitioner. Malpractice insurers would not charge chiropractors so little if chiropractic wasn’t extremely safe. You can feel confident that you will receive safe and effective treatment under chiropractic care.
What is the goal of chiropractic?
The goal of chiropractic is to correct subluxations and provide lifestyle guidance that will:
- Relieve pain
- Promote tissue healing
- Restore normal joint function
- Prevent joint deterioration
- Reduce the likelihood of re-injury
- Enhance overall health and well being
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is a joint that no longer moves properly through a range of motion. Common causes of subluxation include:
- Improper posture and body mechanics
- Lack of exercise
- Mental and emotional stress
- Poor diet
- Environmental pollution
Subluxations oftentimes are painless but if not corrected lead to muscle, joint, disc and nerve injury and eventual joint deterioration (osteoarthritis). In addition, spinal subluxation can alter brain- body communication through the nervous system resulting in organ malfunction and disease. Chiropractors correct subluxations by manual adjustments and other natural therapies. The doctors prevent recurrence of subluxations through lifestyle guidance including exercise, posture and dietary recommendations.
What is the audible sound heard during an adjustment?
During an adjustment gases from the joint space are released. It creates a sound similar to the sound of gas being released when a soda can is opened. In general, hearing this sound during an adjustment is good. It means that the joint is moving freely. Imagine several soldiers in a field. When the commander calls attention the soldiers line up. Similarly, an adjustment moves a joint into a neutral position. It is not meant to stay in that position because a joint is movable. During an adjustment, the ease that a joint moves into that neutral position shows the health and mobility of that joint.
How do I know if I have spinal subluxation?
You don’t. The only way to find out is to be checked by a chiropractor. See our free examination offer that includes all the tests we perform.
Once you go to a Chiropractor, do you have to go forever?
No! Some people use chiropractic to relieve symptoms while others receive chiropractic to improve their overall health and quality of life. We try to educate our patients on the benefits of chiropractic care and allow each person to decide on the treatment that is right for them. Levels of chiropractic care include relief care (symptom oriented), corrective care (correcting subluxation) and health enhancing care (fostering optimum joint and nervous system function). Just like you would go to a dentist forever to maintain good dental hygiene, we suggest that people get a chiropractic check up at least four times per year. This simple routine can help prevent joint injury, joint deterioration and improve nervous system function.
What adjustment styles do your chiropractors use?
Our chiropractors use many different adjustment styles and techniques according to each individual’s needs. Some adjusting techniques include: diversified adjustment, applied kinesiology, activator, non-force adjusting, Cox distraction, and Thompson technique. Other therapies include: muscle energy, acupressure and active release techniques.
How long does an appointment last?
Initial chiropractic appointments are about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Each subsequent appointment is about 30 minutes (chiropractic and physical therapy combined)
When can I expect to feel better?
Every patient is different. However, positive change should be experienced within the first 2-4 weeks. Most treatment programs are completed within 6-12 weeks. Frequency of care depends on each individual’s specific condition.
How much will my treatments cost?
Most insurance companies cover our treatments. We will let you know your insurance coverage on your first visit. We also have cash plans to make treatment affordable.