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What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on the premise that with a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. This is because the spine is an integral part of your nervous system which controls feeling, moving, and all functions throughout your body.

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on the general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints including, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain, pain in joints of the arms or legs, headaches, and sciatica.

How does chiropractic care work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's inborn ability to heal and adapt. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to detect and remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. The doctor evaluates each patient's unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based on years of training and experience. Each patient's care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. The risks associated with chiropractic are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise.

Do children need chiropractic care?

Since significant spinal trauma can occur during the birthing process, many patients have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxations. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child's spine. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.

Is it OK to seek chiropractic care while pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nervous system. Many pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to each individual patient for both comfort and effectiveness of treatment.

What causes the sound during an adjustment?

Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, they do create a spinal "release" or a "popping" sound. This sound is gas bubbles being released from the joint space and is exactly the same as someone "cracking" their knuckles. These gas bubbles are released by the joint because of the change in pressure that occurs in the joint when the adjustment is made.

Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

Because chiropractic is hands-on healthcare, patients are required to visit the chiropractor in order to be treated. In contrast, a course of treatment from a medical doctor often involves a treatment plan that is conducted mostly out of the office at home (e.g., taking an antibiotic once a day for several weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care, thus making a certain number of visits necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.