Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is based upon the understanding that overall good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system, which controls all functions through your body. Rather than just treating the symptoms, this natural method of health care focuses on correcting the causes of physical problems.
Is it safe?
Yes. All chiropractic treatments have a good safety record and never require any drugs or invasive health care procedures. The only side effect you may experience is slight soreness which can be easily relieved by applying ice to the sore area.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the most common way to correct spinal subluxations. It involves the application of pressure to specific misaligned bones in an effort to “unlock” the vertebrae and relieve the pressure placed on the nerves that branch from the spine. Once the adjustment is made, the bones are free to align correctly.
What is a subluxation?
Subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. This pressure or irritation causes the nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves to your brain and body. Chiropractors correct subluxation by performing chiropractic adjustments which relieves bone pressure on the spinal nerves.
How do subluxations happen?
Subluxations are the result of our stresses and strains of everyday activities, habits and events. Daily sitting, lifting, bending, standing and sleeping positions strain our spine, causing misalignment. Subluxations also occur due to accidents, including falls, car wrecks, sports injuries and more.
What are some warning signs of subluxations? Subluxations are difficult to detect, that is why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Typical symptoms of subluxations include headaches, back pain, neck stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, numbness in your hands or feet, fatigue or nervousness.
What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?
Chiropractors have a minimum of seven years post secondary education which includes three years in an undergraduate program and four or five years at an accredited chiropractic college.
Do chiropractors treat conditions other than back pain?
Chiropractors do not “treat” symptoms. They detect Subluxation and Adjust the vertebrae involved. Once the Adjustment is made, the interference is removed and the whole body functions better. Therefore they are effective for several different types of soft tissue disorders including neck, back and other bodily extremity pain. Chiropractic care has also been known to help with several other conditions including ADHD, allergies, asthma, ear infections, fybromyalgia, headaches, PMS, Sciatica, Scoliosis, stress and more.
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