Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic ...
How does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body control these important functions. The skull protects the delicate tissue of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and the organs throughout the body. Doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine. Subluxation, meaning less than a total dislocation. And complex, meaning consisting of more then one part. Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy of all things natural.
What education do Chiropractors have?
Doctors of chiropractic are well educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. After graduating with a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and must pass a more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.
What does “manipulation” mean exactly?
A spinal manipulation, or adjustment, is a procedure where a licensed doctor of chiropractic, or chiropractor, uses their hands, a small instrument or a specialized table to apply a controlled force to a certain area of the body. Regular adjustments correct spinal alignment and increase your body’s efficiency through proper nervous system function. They also feel great.
How long will take before I feel better?
It all depends on your symptom or injury and how your body responds to treatment. Some people are fast healers while others take longer. Some problems have been ongoing for years and may need more treatment to correct them. You are always welcome to come in for a free consultation to learn if chiropractic can help you.
Can I adjust myself?
Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a popping sound, like the sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive and potentially dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs! The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a doctor of chiropractic. Even your doctor must seek out services of another colleague to help restore and maintain proper spinal function.
My Doctor said I have a pinched nerve. What does that mean?
Many patients consult a chiropractic doctor because they think they have a pinched nerve. Because of the way your spine is designed, abnormal spinal function caused from physical trauma, emotional tensions, or chemical toxins can affect the delicate tissues of the spinal cord and nerve roots.While commonly associated with the spine, the pinched nerve (compressive lesion) is actually rare. Researchers suggest that only 10 % to 15% of spine related problems are caused by direct pressure of bone on nerve tissue ! This can result in numbness, burning, or a “pins and needles” feeling.More frequently, nerves are irritated (facilitative lesion). This is caused when nerve tissue is rubbed, scraped, stretched by a loss of spinal curve, or irritated by malfunctioning spinal joints.
Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor?
In most cases, a referral from your doctor is not required. Just give us a call and we can quickly let you know for sure.
Is chiropractic similar to massage?
No, but they do complement each other and help the healing process. Chiropractic deals with the spinal column, nervous system, and body structure. Massage therapists deal with muscle tension, circulation and body fluid drainage.