How does chiropractic treatment work?
Chiropractic treatment works by restoring your body’s inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health.

The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function.
The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a natural procedure using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated (dislocated), “locked up,” or not moving properly.
The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine will interfere with the vital exchange of nervous system by pinching or crushing nearby nerves and the tissues they control.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Yes. Chiropractic treatment has an excellent safety record. It is about 100 times safer than taking a common over-the-counter pain reliever. Chiropractic treatment is the result of a conservative and natural approach to physical health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.
As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other healthcare professionals. Because of its relative safety, chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.

Can I adjust myself?
No. Because a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment.
Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs! We do not recommend trying this at home.

Do children need chiropractic care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation (dislocation). Many childhood health complaints that are casually brushed off can actually be traced to the spine.
Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children’s spine checked by a chiropractor early. The chiropractic adjusting procedures for children will be adapted with consideration for the child’s spine.
Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.

Is chiropractic care addictive?
No. If it were, there would be more healthy people around and chiropractors would not receive so many patients who last saw a chiropractor “a few years ago when their back went out.”
It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result or regular chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is not addictive, however, good health and the lifestyle it allows you to live is.

What causes the sound during an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments do not always produce a sound. That said, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal “release,” or “popping” sound. This sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who have had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They will then often need to face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is know as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.”
Chiropractic care may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized as a treatment, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.

Is it ok to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. There is no inherent risk to pregnant mothers. Expectant mothers often find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods will always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.

What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Chiropractors base their care on the detection correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spin, to improve nerve system functions and reduce nerve interference.
Osteopaths use drugs, surgery, and other traditional medical therapies and only occasionally use manipulative procedures.

Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?
No, however chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety of health problems not necessarily considered “back” problems because of improved nerve system function. With a normal nerve supply, the body’s natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health problems.

Is a good workout the same as getting adjusted?
No. Exercise is an important part of good health, but without normal spinal function, a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints. Exercising with your spine out of position could increase damage to the point that it may limit future exercise or your ability to perform certain physical activities you enjoy.

Why do chiropractors take x-rays?
Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

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