Did you know that when spinal bones (vertebrae) are not moving correctly, it can affect our nerves, muscles and even blood supply throughout the body? Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system and proper movement of the spine and spinal segments (vertebrae). Both are important because the nerves that affect every part of our body exit from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. Chiropractic theory stresses the idea that when the body experiences nerve irritation it is less able to combat causes of disease. A series of chiropractic adjustments can normalize spinal function, restore essential spinal curves, improve circulation and reduce nerve irritation.
The practice of chiropractic involves a range of diagnostic methods including skeletal imaging, observational and tactile assessments, and orthopedic and neurological evaluations. By careful, personalized adjustment to muscles and joints, Chiropractic treatments positively impacts organs, nerve systems and muscle groups. The primary treatment involves manual therapies including adjustment of the spine, extremities and soft tissue.
Treatment may also be combined with rehabilitative exercises, acupuncture, microcurrent therapy, health lifestyle and restorative recommendations. In some cases, we may refer you to an appropriate specialist, or partner with another health care provider to co-manage your treatment.
What kind of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation includes study in classroom and laboratory work in sciences such as anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology pathology and biochemistry. Specializing in chiropractic involves extensive clinical training in adjusting techniques, clinical and radiological diagnosis, neurology, orthopedics, physiology and nutrition.
Chiropractic education requires a university degree and involves a minimum of four years of formal education consisting of courses in anatomy, clinical sciences, pathology, histology, chiropractic sciences and technique, clinical diagnosis and treatment, physiology, nutrition and research, followed by a clinical internship. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are required annually to maintain certifications and liscenses.
What can I expect on my first visit?
We will conduct an evaluation focused on your chief health concern or complaint. We may ask questions about your medical or health history, the health history of your family, your dietary habits and work and social activities. We will perform an examination guided by clinical judgment to focus your treatment most effectively. This may include orthopedic tests, neurological tests, physical exam, spinal exam or radiological studies or other lab work. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile and vital to us in evaluating and treating your problem.
Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations of joints are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of a million to one.
Does chiropractic adjustment hurt?
Every patient is unique, just as every treatment is unique to every patient. While a patient may feel no discomfort during one session, it is conceivable that they would experience discomfort following a different adjustment. It all depends on the affected area(s), and the severity of the affliction. While some may experience discomfort during or after a given adjustment, many people do not. All attempts are made to minimize discomfort including steps taken in the office and with home care instructions.
Is there anything I can do at home to optimize treatment?
Depending on the treatment protocol, we may recommend that you implement stretching or other exercise routines to maximize the benefit of any given treatment.
Because the adjustment itself releases histamines into the bloodstream, drinking additional water will help flush these histamines from your system as they could potentially cause inflammation. Ice and/or heat recommendations may be given also.
How long does chiropractic treatment take following the initial evaluation?
Depending on your specific issue, visits two to three times per week for several weeks is a general guide. Again, every patient is different, and there is never just one standard to work from. If we are not effecting your desired change in that period, we will take a different approach.
Is there an age limit for chiropractic patients?
There is no age limit. For our youngest and oldest patients we use a gentler adjustment technique. With senior citizens we are always aware of osteoporosis concerns and limitations.