Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions
Q. How Does Chiropractic Work?
A. Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by
your nerve system. Trillions 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
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 the affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve
mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control
of the body.
Q. Do I Have a Pinched Nerve?
A. 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
In fact, the weight of a dime at this vital area of the nerve
root can reduce the function of that nerve up to 60%!
This is truly the focus of the chiropractor’s work.
Q. How Do You Get Subluxations?
A. 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.
Q. How Do I Know If I Have a Subluxation?
A. 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.
Q. Can Subluxations Clear Up On Their Own?
A. Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. 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 subluxations don’t resolve, a chiropractor is
the only trained professional that can remove them.
Q. What Is An Adjustment?
A. Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a light, quick thrust that
helps add motion to spinal joints that aren’t moving right. Some
methods use doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table or the
forces of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Most
chiropractors specialize in scientific, specific and painless
Q. How many adjustments will I need?
A. The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his or her individual health goals. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilizes. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
Q. How Long Until I’ll Feel Better?
A. Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in otherwise good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctor’s recommendations.
Q. How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?
A. After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These patients show up for their visits feeling great. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
Q. How Much Will It Cost?
A. Every doctor’s office is different. Some accept insurance while others are cash only. Most offices will always work with you if you are serious about getting healthier. You need to discuss the finances up front with your doctor before beginning care so there are no surprises. Our office has affordable Pay Per Visit fees and Wellness Memberships that allow you to use chiropractic regularly if you live an active lifestyle. We always say “Life Is A Full Contact Sport”.