UNDERSTANDING CHIROPRACTIC CARE
The following are common questions asked about chiropractic care.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a health care profession based on interactions of the spine and nervous system
Are chiropractors doctors?
Yes. Doctors of Chiropractic (also known as Chiropractors) are not medical doctors, but go through a similar education process to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care. In fact, educational requirements for
Chiropractors are among the most stringent of any health care profession.
What types of pain do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches. They also treat sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints. The benefits of chiropractic care go beyond this and extend into general health as our core body structure affects overall function and health.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific, controlled force or low force to no force in a precise direction that is applied to a vertebra not moving properly or “locked up.” The purpose of this natural and safe procedure is to correct structural alignment and eliminate interference in the nervous system which is known as a subluxation. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, reduction in pain, and an overall improvement in health and wellness.
How Dangerous are the X-rays?
In order to determine the type of care needed in this office, a set of initial x-rays are taken and measured. Regarding the risk of the ionizing exposure of x-rays, while authorities agree that while no radiation dose level is risk-free, the level used in diagnostic radiology provides low-dose risk and is considered acceptable for the information gained. Clinical x-rays provide the necessary information for doctors interested in structural outcomes.
Do adjustments hurt?
Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment. Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort to promote healing.
Are adjustments safe?
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed Chiropractor.
Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?
The noises you hear resembling popping sounds are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of a joint; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. We will modify adjustments based on your size, weight, age and health condition.
Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove back pain and any other ailments?
Our job is not to remove your back pain but to check you spine for any misalignments (subluxations). For many, back pain can become chronic if left untreated. Chiropractic care has been shown to ease and even eliminate back pain for many patients.
Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Many pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments improve the pregnancy experience and make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient.
Is back pain common?
More than 80 percent of people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it is one of the most reported reasons people miss work and is the second most frequent reason patients visit the doctor.
Will I be required to remove my clothing at my appointment?
No but sometimes you may be asked to be gowned for x-rays. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them up immediately with the doctor.
Can I learn to adjust myself?
Chiropractors are trained to adjust in a very specific location and direction. As a result, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately.
Do I need a referral from an M.D.?
Chiropractors are primary health care providers so you do not need a referral. The DC can provide all three levels of primary care interventions and therefore is a primary care provider, as are MDs and DOs. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The DC's office is a direct access portal of entry to the full scope of service.
How do I find a good chiropractor?
One of the best ways to select a chiropractor is to get a referral from someone you trust. If you do not know anyone who has gone to a Chiropractor then look over their website and see how you feel. If you feel drawn to them, check them out. Usually good Chiropractors will give you a free consultation so you can decide if it is something you want to further per sue.