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Commonly Asked Questions

Why does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow down 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 is called a subluxation .  A subluxation can interfere with the 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.

What is a " subluxation "?
In simplest terms, a subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.

How does this affect you?  Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.

Common symptoms originating from one or multiple subluxations may include:

low back pain
neck pain
headaches
constipation
migraines
arthritis
joint stiffness
colic
muscle spasms
joint pain
carpal tunnel syndrome
bed wetting
fibromyalgia
sinuses/congestion
numbness or tingling
shoulder pain
arm/hand pain
hip/sacroiliac pain
pain between shoulders
knee pain
disc injury
colds and flu
menstrual cramps
whiplash
poor posture/scoliosis
ear infections
asthma and emphysema
allergies
sciatica/leg pain
decreased energy
high blood pressure
trouble sleeping

How do you get subluxations ?
There are three basic causes of subluxations . Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxations . Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.

How do I know if I have a subluxation ?
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 a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.

What is an adjustment?
The chiropractic adjustment is a specific and scientific procedure that adds motion and re-aligns spinal joints that are mis -aligned or not moving correctly. Some methods use the doctor's hands, an instrument or a special table. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Regardless of method

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 unsuitable. Compare the statistics: adjustments are about 100 times safer than over-the-counter pain reliever. For more information, please visit http://www.chiropracticissafe.com

Do I have a slipped disc?
The disc is a soft, pulpy “shock absorber.” It has a fibrous outer ring which holds a jelly-like material. A “slipped disc” is a common way to refer to a wide variety of disc 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, tear,  herniate , dry out and 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, rubs or chafes a nerve. These subluxations distort the nerve messages sent between the brain and the body. This can produce unhealthy alterations to the organs and tissues connected by the affected nerves.

Do chiropractors prescribe drugs ?
No. While aspirin, muscle relaxers , pain killers and other drugs with analgesic properties have the effect of blocking pain and symptoms, the underlying structural problem remains. Chiropractic does not use drugs, surgery or needles. It is a health care approach designed to remove the cause of your problems instead of masking the symptoms. Chiropractic care is concerned with the relationship between the spine and nerve system, and how that relationship affects your health.

Do chiropractors accept insurance ?
Yes. Nearly every insurance plan has chiropractic benefits. Most offices participate and file the insurance paperwork for 90% of insurance plans, including HMO's, PPO's , Medicare, Medicaid, Workers Compensation and Auto Accident related claims. Most offices also have very affordable family care plans. Your insurance plan and/or financial situation will be verified and reviewed prior to any care.

Why didn't my medical doctor explain the benefits of chiropractic to me ?
Actually, medical doctors are becoming more and more educated on chiropractic care, and as a result, refer to the chiropractor more than ever before. The problem is, most medical doctors have a minimal understanding of what chiropractic is. Medical doctors go to medical school, train in medical facilities, make medical diagnoses and prescribe medicine for most conditions. Chiropractic is completely different. Chiropractic is a non-drug, non-surgical approach to health. Put simply, medical doctors are not trained to correct structural problems. Most medical doctors will stay in the “medical bubble” when educating and referring their patients.

If I feel fine, why do I need to get my spine checked for subluxations ?
How you feel does not necessarily correlate to how healthy you are. For example, you can touch a hot stove and “feel pain”, but you can also have a serious heart condition and “feel fine.” Health is based on how your body is functioning, not alone by how you feel. Our busy lifestyles continue to cause spinal problems. Improper lifting, poor posture, abnormal computer positions, long periods of driving, stress, and other so called “normal” activities can interfere with normal spinal function. Like many diseases, early detection can prevent problems from becoming more serious.

Will I need chiropractic care for the rest of my life ?
No. You will decide what you want from chiropractic care. Spinal correction has three main phases of care. The first phase of care is to eliminate the pain or symptoms that may have caused you to seek care. This may occur anywhere from 1 to 12 visits. Some patients stop care at this point. The second phase of care is to correct the underlying problem. This process may take months. After this phase of care, a new x-ray (or other methods of analysis) may be taken to compare with the original findings. Some patients stop care at this point. The last phase of care is maintenance, or wellness care. Once corrected, many patients decide to incorporate chiropractic into their lifestyle. Just like they brush their teeth, eat well and exercise. Many patients choose to get regular periodic spinal check-ups for the rest of their life once they experience the benefits of spinal health. Similar to going to the gym, some people exercise to specifically lose a certain amount of weight, and then stop. Some will continue to exercise until they look better, feel better and function better. Some more people will stop exercising at this point. Finally, others will incorporate exercise into their lifestyle, for the rest of their lives, to prevent future problems. It is completely up to the patient.

What is the difference between chiropractic and medicine ?
The human body is a whole unit, operates as one fine-tuned machine and is directly controlled by the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves). There are no parts of the body that work independently. Knowing this, the chiropractors job is not to cover symptoms, prescribe drugs or remove body parts. Chiropractic's role is to focus on the body as a whole unit, and to correct any underlying structural problems and subluxations that may be affecting overall health. Chiropractors are the only doctors licensed to correct vertebral subluxations , which are structural spinal misalignments causing nerve pressure, pinching or interference.

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