What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the fact that the body is scientifically proven to be able to regulate and heal itself. This is all controlled via the nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves that exit the spine. All of those nerves go to and control every organ, muscle, tissue and cell in the body. Every muscle, joint and organ relies on those nerves to provide the message sent from the brain so that they can function optimally. Various physical, chemical and emotional stressors can cause disruption in the ability of the nervous system to perform optimally. Chiropractic is the science, art, and philosophy of locating and correcting these dysfunctional areas in the nervous system. These problematic areas are known as Subluxations.
What is a Subluxation?
As we stated before, the nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves that exit the spine. The skull protects your brain, and your spinal cord is protected by your spinal vertebrae. The nervous system relies on the ability to transmit messages from the brain to every organ, muscle, tissue, and cell of the body without interference. When these nerves that exit the spine are impinged, that is where nerve interference takes place. When the vertebrae of the spine are even slightly displaced, the spinal nerves are affected. This interference reduces the bodies ability to coordinate its functions. When one or more of these vertebrae are misaligned, it is called a Vertebral Subluxation.
Can Chiropractic help me?
Chiropractic has helped millions of people worldwide suffering from all types of problems. Chiropractic works with the spinal column and it’s intimate relationship with the nervous system – the major controller of all bodily functions. By optimizing the spinal column’s structure and biomechanics, irritation and stress are removed and health can once again be reestablished. When people hear of chiropractic care, the first thing that they think of is a doctor helping people with back and neck problems. What most people don’t know is that research studies have provided scientific evidence showing chiropractic care is can also provide effective relief with children suffering from ear infections, people suffering from high blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues, woman who have painful menses, and a number of other seemingly “non-spinal” conditions. While we are not claiming to “treat” these conditions, chiropractic has successfully helped millions of individuals with all sorts of health conditions by positively affecting the nervous system. Of course, doctors of chiropractic are best known for their success in treating back and neck problems. Through the use of specific chiropractic spinal adjustments, our chiropractor has established himself as a back and neck injury specialists. Many medical experts are now coming to understand the true effectiveness of chiropractic care and are recommending major changes in the way our healthcare system manages many common spinal problems. Chiropractic care will benefit everybody.
Are Chiropractic treatments safe?
Chiropractic treatments are extremely safe for individuals of all ages -- from infants to the elderly! Research consistently has shown that care from chiropractors is among the safest care available and is leaps and bounds ahead of traditional medical care in terms of safeness. The treatments themselves are generally not painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their adjustments and feel immediate relief. Patients who are experiencing moderate to severe pain may experience some minor discomfort, however chiropractic care is always gentle, safe and effective.
How much will it cost?
Costs vary depending on the number of treatments required to effectively treat your condition. Just like every person is different, everyone’s treatment plan will be different based on his or her condition. A number of studies have shown that chiropractic care is extremely cost effective when compared to other “medical” forms of care for similar conditions. According to the 1991 Manga Report, “There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low-back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors. Users of chiropractic care have substantially lower health care costs, especially inpatient costs, than those who use medical care only.”
How long will it take?
While treatment lengths vary from person to person and from condition to condition, there are a few rules of thumb you can follow. First, newer injuries, if treated appropriately and immediately, tend to respond to fewer visits assuming that major tissue injury has not occurred. Conditions that have been present for greater than 1 month and recurring conditions are usually more stubborn and difficult to manage. The only sure way to determine how long your treatment will take is to schedule a consultation and/or examination. After the consultation and examination, we give every patient an estimate on how long his or her correction may take. For those of you who believe in just waiting for the problem to “go away” on it’s own – understand that the longer your condition has been around, the more treatments it will eventually require to resolve.
Do I have to keep coming back in for care?
You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have seen your dentist? Most people go to the dentist all of the time to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy and clean. Once we have eliminated your pain and corrected the misalignments, we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future. So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Preventative chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stressors, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, and minimizes degenerative processes. All of which enhances overall health and wellness.
Who should be checked for spinal misalignments?
EVERYONE!!! If you have a spine and a nervous system, you should be checked! Your spine and nervous system is the most important part of your body. When you are being developed in your mother’s womb, the very first thing that forms is your brain and your spinal cord. And then everything develops around that in order to protect it. Your body naturally knows that your nervous system is the most important system in your body. It controls and regulates every cell, tissue, and organ system in the body. Unfortunately, the spine and nervous system is the most neglected organ system in our current health care system. Most individuals are taught to get their spine checked when it hurts. By the time it hurts, there is already a problem. We believe every family should have a chiropractor on their healthcare team.
Do I need a referral?
No. Chiropractors are primary healthcare providers, however, we are happy to accept referrals as we work well with medical doctors in the community. More and more families are choosing chiropractic because of its position as the largest natural and drugless healing profession in the world!
Can I adjust myself?
NO. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that is not an adjustment. Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and must only be applied to the joint that is dysfunctional. It take years to master and even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.
Isn’t some back pain normal?
Pain, by the strictest definition, is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It’s a way that your body signals that a limit has been reached or you need to make a change soon. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While the pain may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem will slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve.
Why would a newborn get adjusted?
Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. What is the first thing you are told to do when you hold a newborn? Support the neck and head! This is because it is that baby’s lifeline. Colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are gentle, using no more pressure than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
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