Answers to the Questions Patients Ask ABout Chiropractic
How does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right.
Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine called a subluxation can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.
Do I have a slipped disc?
The disk is a soft "shock absorber." it has a fibrous outer ring with cholds in a jelly like material. A "slipped disc" is a common way to refer to a wide variety of problems. However a disc can't slip because of the way it attaches to the spinal bones above and below it. A disc can bulge. It can tear. It can herniated. It can thin. It can dry out and it can collapse. But it can't slip.
Do I have a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve is rare. It is more likely that an adjacent spinal bone irritates, stretches, rubes or chafes a nerve. The subluxation's distort the nerve messages sent between the brain and body. This can produce unhealthy alterations to the organs and tissues connected by the affected nerves.
How do you get a subluxation?
There are three basic causes of subluxation's. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxation's. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
How do you know if I have subluxation?
You can have subluxation's and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxation's can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxation's you may have.
Can subluxation's clear up on their own?
Sometimes. Today's hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxation's. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch or when we sleep at night. When subluxation's don't resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor!
What's an Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren't moving right. Some methods use the doctor's hands, an instrument, a special table of the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.
Are Chiropractic adjustments Safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are "remarkably safe." By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited. Compare the statistics. Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Will Adjustments Make My Spine Too Loose?
No. Only the spinal joints that are "locked up" receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
Can the bones move too much?
Highly unlikely. A chiropractic adjustment is special. It has the right amount of energy, delivered to an exact spot, at a precise angle, at just the right time. The intent is to get a "stuck" spinal joint moving again, helping reduce nerve interference. Years of training, practice and experience make chiropractic adjustments specific and safe.
What makes the sound during the adjustment?
Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It's much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but it isn't a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.
How Long Will It Take?
That depends on several things:
1. Your Age:
Our healing potential diminishes with age.
There are exceptions but generally younger people get quicker results than older people.
2. Your Problem:
It takes longer to resolve long-standing problems that have been neglected.
More recent health problems tend to resolve faster.
3. Your Discipline:
Are you willing to make some positive changes in your life?
If you're coachable and follow our suggestions you'll see better results
4. Your Goal:
Your intentions are just as important as ours.
Our motive is to support you in attaining optimum health.
Is that what you want?
5. Your Attitude:
Its been proven that those with a positive outlook heal faster.
As your nervous system works better, anything is possible.