Q. How does chiropractic care work?
A. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve your brain/body communications. You are a self healing, self regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of electronic instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord, inside your vertebral column, and out to every organ and tissue. Signals are sent to the brain to confirm your body is working right. Spinal nerve pressure can cause "short circuits" and improper or incomplete communication results.
Q. What's an adjustment?
A. Chiropractic adjustments restore normal movement patterns to subluxated vertebral segments. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Special tables, such as the "cox" table and our new Dynatronic decompression table. Also, adjustments can be done with a gentle pressure done by hand. The word chiropractic originated from the Greek words "chiro meaning hand and "practic" meaning to do. Chiropractic therefore literally means to do by hand.
Q. What is a subluxation?
A. There are 24 vertebrae, spinal bones, in the adult spine. They form several dozen joints and move in several different directions. The spinal cord and spinal nerves are very close to the joints. If spinal bones get "stuck" and don't move correctly, they can irritate and create nerve interferences. This is called a vertebral subluxation.
Q. How do I know if I have a subluxations?
A. You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before symptoms develop. Your chiropractor can detect those subluxated spinal joints.
Q. How do you get subluxations?
A. There are three basic causes. Physical injuries caused by car accidents, sports, repetitive motions, falls, poor posture, and becoming deconditioned. Stress, anger, and fear are emotional causes. Lastly, chemicals, drugs, poor diet, and even pollution can result in subluxations.
Q. Are all patients adjusted the same way?
A. No, Each patient's spine and care plan is unique. With 24 moving spinal bones, each of which can move in several directions, we see a wide variety of spinal patterns.
Q. Can I adjust myself?
A. No. Some people can make their joints "pop" but that's not an adjustment. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even a chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague for an adjustment.
Q. Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?
A. Yes. Most people that have had back surgery continue to experience back pain. There are many chiropractic techniques that can still be beneficial to surgically modified spinal areas.
Q. Can patients with Osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
A. Yes. Each patient's unique circumstances are considered before any treatment. The method selected to treat your conditions will be determined by your age, size, and condition.
Q. Why don't Medical Practitioners and Chiropractic Doctors get along?
A. That's changing. Our office has several patients that are medical doctors, dentists, and nurses. Maybe even more common are spouses and family members of medical professionals that receive chiropractic care.
Q. Do Chiropractic Doctors work with other types of Doctors?
A. Yes. Referrals to medical doctors, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and other medical specialists are made when needed. Chiropractic care can not solve all health problems and conditions.
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