Additional Chiropractic Information
There is a lot of information out there about chiropractors and their procedures. See below to get most of your questions answered. You can also email us if you don't see the answer below.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific, controlled force in a precise direction that is applied to a spinal joint 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. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, reduction in pain and inflammation, and an overall improvement in health and wellness.
Does it hurt?
Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. 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 and promote healing.
What causes the popping sound?
An important piece of a successful adjustment is the quick stretch to the joint and surrounding tissues resulting in relief of pain, spasm, and limited joint mobility. This occurs with or without a popping sound which is made when gas bubble are formed in the joint fluid and then released.
Are chiropractors doctors?
Yes. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC or Chiropractor) are not Medical Doctors (MD's), 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. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, DC's receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts.
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.
Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove back pain?
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'm 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.
Can children see the chiropractor?
Yes! Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury of some sort, which may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury and make the correction early. Additional conditions commonly treated include (but are not limited to) colic, bedwetting, ear infections, allergies, and headaches.
Should I wear anything specific to my appointment?
Some procedures may require you to remove some pieces of clothing, however most do not. Occasionally, the doctors may go through activities with you so looser or stretchy clothing can make that easier. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them up immediately with your chiropractor.