1. How does chiropractic REALLY work?
The nervous system controls every cell of your body. Nerve impulses flow from the brain, down the spinal cord, to every organ and tissue. Impulses sent back to the brain confirm that the body is working the way it should. The joints and bones of the spine, if not moving properly, can interfere with this exchange of information by irritating nearby nerves. Ill health can result from distorted or compromised nervous system control of the body. Chiropractic care helps restore the integrity of the nervous system by reducing interference caused by the spine.
2. Who can chiropractic help?
Improved nerve communications between your brain and your body can help everyone. Most people have some restricted motion or spinal misalignments due to daily repetitive activities; emotional, mental or chemical stress; or past traumas. Very often you will not be aware that you have spinal misalignments or restrictions since, unless they were caused by trauma, they will come on gradually over time – and you may actually get used to the effects, as you would get used to the lights very gradually dimming in a room. Even children are prone to spinal interference, because of their high levels of activity and their almost daily falls and bruises. Modified adjusting approaches can help children, the elderly or those with special needs.
3. How long will it take?
Since chiropractic care depends on the healing abilities of each patient, results can vary from patient to patient. Everyone responds differently. Some detect changes in a few short days or weeks. Other may take weeks to months before showing progress.
4. If I start, will I have to go for the rest of my life?
Spinal health is like dental health – it is something you want to take care of your entire life. And, just as in dental health, regular preventative care is easier and more pleasant than the emergency care needed when something goes really wrong. So, many of my patients do continue with me on a regular basis to detect and correct mis-alignments early, before they become big – and sometimes permanent – problems. These patients usually show up for their visits feeling great. Their interest in wellness and prevention helps make sure that they get well, stay well, and enjoy a great quality of life!
5. What if my insurance company doesn’t cover chiropractic?
Insurance companies are large corporations primarily interested in making money. They are not necessarily interested in guaranteeing you access to the best options for your current health needs. That is why I offer very affordable fees for my patients who are interested in maximizing and maintaining their heath through regular Chiropractic adjustments. Then our relationship becomes an agreement between you and me about taking care of your health and your family’s health – and not an agreement with a third party with other interests.
While an insurance company or other third party may be helpful, be careful. Don’t allow a profit-motivated company to make decisions about what you do with your health.
6. Is chiropractic care safe?
Critics mislead by suggesting that adjustments to the neck can subject patients to unnatural stress or compromise blood supply to the brain. But if the spine were that fragile, people would fear bending over to tie their shoelaces or looking up to enjoy the sunset! Thousands will die this year from anesthesia or needless back surgeries. Thousands more will perish from common aspirin or destroy their kidneys from so-called “safe” pain medicines. Adverse reactions to prescription medication are the fourth leading cause of death in the US. Meanwhile, the rare complications from chiropractic care can be counted on one hand.
7. Does Chiropractic wear out your joints?
Chiropractic care can help prevent your joints from wearing out! Bones don’t rub on each other. Instead, each joint is enclosed in a “capsule” of fluid that should offer a lifetime of friction-free movement. When there is a loss of proper motion of position of spinal bones, this movement can be restricted. Spinal joints above or below attempt to make up the difference by moving too much. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are directed only to those areas that are “stuck” and not moving enough.
8. Is it safe for pregnant women?
Yes. Besides helping to relieve the discomfort many expectant mothers experience, chiropractic care helps normalize nervous system function. This is an important component of overall good health. The benefits of chiropractic care may also be noticed during delivery. Many chiropractic patients report that their deliveries were faster and more comfortable than deliveries previous to chiropractic care.
9. How long will it take for me to feel better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover that the healing process can take months, sometimes years. Every patient recovers at their own pace. Factors which can affect the healing process include your age, your overall health condition, muscle tone, diet and even your attitude.
10. When will I get my first adjustment?
Usually you will get your first adjustment on the first visit. Unless my initial consultation and exam indicate that you should not be adjusted then, you will be adjusted, and start to feel the benefits of Chiropractic on your first visit.
11. Will I receive any medication for my pain?
No. Chiropractors don’t dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, ask for directions on how to use ice to control any painful symptoms. Ice, when properly applied, can have an analgesic effect without the side effects associated with pain medications.
12. Can I get chiropractic care if I’ve had back surgery?
Yes, your chiropractor will avoid areas of your spine surgically modified. However, surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These “reactions” will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
13. Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
Yes. Regardless of your age, size or condition, chiropractic care can be helpful. The specific needs of each patient are considered. If yours is not a chiropractic case, we’ll refer you to the appropriate specialist.
14. Can chiropractic cure sciatica?
Actually, chiropractic doesn’t cure anything. Only your body can do that. The chiropractic approach to sciatica (and other health problems) is to help restore the way your spine works, reducing nerve irritation and revitalizing your own healing ability.
15. Will I have to have neck adjustments?
If your problem is the result of abnormal motion or position of spinal bones in the neck, cervical adjustments can be effective. There are many ways to adjust the neck, and your chiropractor has become an experienced master. Years of practice make these spinal adjustments safe and effective. Much safer than common aspirin or muscle relaxers!
16. How does chiropractic care help my disc problems?
The purpose of chiropractic care is to locate and correct areas of the spine that interfere with the proper nervous system control of your body. Because the intervertebral discs are so close to the spinal cord and nerve roots, disc involvement is quite common in chiropractic cases. Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper motion and position of malfunctioning spinal joints, reducing nervous system involvement. If caught before permanent damage occurs, disc tissue often returns to a more normal size and shape.
17. Isn’t spinal decay just part of the aging process?
Because spinal decay is often (but not always) seen in the elderly, some people are misled into believing that it is merely part of the aging process. Not true. It seems clear that it is the result of long-standing, uncorrected spinal stress.
18. Can chiropractic care help those with advanced cases of spinal decay?
Absolutely. While chiropractic care cannot help areas of the spine already fused together, areas of the spine not yet affected can often benefit from chiropractic care.
19. Can spinal decay be reversed?
When spinal decay is detected at an early stage, chiropractic intervention can produce remarkable benefits. In the first phase of spinal decay, many patients see the restoration of spinal curves and improved mobility. Chiropractic care at later stages shows promise, but results vary from patient to patient.