Q: What is a subluxation and how do I get subluxations?
A: Subluxations are the improper motion or improper position of the moving bones in the spine or any joint in the body. They are not always related to pain or symptoms. You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of an examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have. Subluxations can cause a myriad of symptoms including pain, headaches, radiating pain into hands or legs, difficulty breathing, limited range of motion, numbness and tingling, sneezing, earaches, sinus issues, and bowl discomfort. There are 3 main causes of subluxations:
- Physical – slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, poor posture, improper lifting
- Emotional – grief, anger, stress, fear
- Chemical – poor diet, abuse of alcohol drugs and tobacco, and exposure to pollutants
Q: Should I get an adjustment when I am sick?
A: Absolutely! Your immune system is controlled by your nervous system and adjustments help strengthen and improve functioning of your nervous system by taking stress off your spinal cord and spinal nerves
Q: Who would benefit from chiropractic care?
A: Anyone with a spine! From newborn babies to the elderly, everyone can benefit from chiropractic. A normally working nervous system can help everyone. Chiropractic care for children and infants is different from adults. Care is always tailored to the patients’ age and weight. For children the adjustments often require no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a piece of fruit. We welcome patients of all ages to our office and normally see full families from grandparents to grandchildren and everyone in between.
Q: Is chiropractic care safe?
A: Chiropractic adjustments are safer than aspirin, muscle relaxers and surgery. Research studies have proven this time and time again. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuitable. Chiropractic adjustments are about 100 times safer than using over the counter pain relievers. Contrary to some beliefs neck manipulations have been proven to be safe as well and are not a cause for strokes anymore than having your hair washed at a salon to backing out of your driveway. Even visiting a physical therapist or medical doctor has the same chance of causing a stroke.
Q: How long will it take to see results?
A: Results vary and differ from patient to patient. Some patients experience results quickly while others find their progress takes longer. Age, your problem, commitment to care, and attitude all affect your response to care. Children often see results very quickly. Adults and seniors with long standing problems seem to take longer. If we don’t see you often enough, our ability to reduce negative patterns in your spine are impaired. Consequently, if visits are scheduled too closely, your body doesn’t have enough time to make changes. So, our goal is to work with you to see the greatest results in the shortest amount of time. That is why keeping your appointments are crucial to your success.
Q: How often should I be adjusted?
A: This again varies from person to person. On the first visit a comprehensive examination is given and that will determine the diagnosis. Depending on the diagnosis will depend on how often you should be seen. Most of the time we recommend that a person is seen 2 times a week until the condition is resolved. If a patient presents with severe pain or other severe circumstances then the treatment might be 3 times a week for the first week and taper off into 2 times a week or once a week until resolved. Maintenance or preventative care is something that a lot of people ask about after the condition has been resolved. This is a common practice that should be utilized. Maintenance care is often just one appointment every month. This care helps people stay in proper alignment and in their pre-injury status.
Q: How much training is necessary to become a doctor of chiropractic?
A: Chiropractic training is as extensive as any medical field. Students must first obtain their 4 year undergraduate degree followed by a 5 year specialized chiropractic training which focuses on anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, diagnosis, imaging, orthopedics, neurology, nutrition, physical therapy, and public health. A clinical residency is required after schooling is completed. A comprehensive 5 part national board exam is required to practice in most states.