What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic is a natural and effective form of healthcare, which promotes proper functioning of the central nervous system. Many of our patients have eliminated the need for dangerous surgery and expensive medication after receiving regular adjustments. Everyone is treated as an individual under our chiropractic care, meaning the aches and pains specific to your body are recognized and corrected.
How does Chiropractic care help with pain and healing?
When a patient comes in for an adjustment, they experience precise forces to specific parts of their spinal segment, which ultimately corrects misalignments and allows normal nerve transmissions to the rest of the body. When nerve transmissions are sending clear messages, your body can heal and restore itself. Chiropractors address the root of your pain, which is often just nerve transmissions being blocked (these are called “subluxations”). Rather than simply treating symptoms, chiropractic care assists your body in resisting disease and regaining its optimal function.
How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
Chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the Doctor of Chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his or her hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic adjustments are a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
What types of conditions does Chiropractic care help with?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. They are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches using their highly skilled chiropractic adjustments. DCs also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions may involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. In addition, chiropractors offer advice to patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
What are the benefits of Chiropractic care?
We are confident that there is no limit to the benefits regular chiropractic care can provide. The most common relief associated with chiropractic care is back pain. However, no matter the pain or discomfort people come in experiencing, our chiropractors seek to correct underlying causes rather than masking or numbing your pain with medications.
Is Chiropractic safe and beneficial for the whole family?
Chiropractic care is not only for adults; our chiropractors are specifically trained to check a child’s spine for areas causing nerve irritation. If any indication of trauma or damage is present, a very gentle adjustment is administered with the same pressure you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato. From newborns and infants to grandparents, our families report having more energy, less dependency on medication, and improved overall health as a result of regular chiropractic care. Children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. In the case of children, it is very gentle.
Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 major veterans medical facilities.
Do I need to keep going to the Chiropractor once I am feeling better or my pain is gone?
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your Doctor of Chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last. It is ultimately up to the patient to choose the type of care they desire. In order to reach your goals and allow for the best outcomes, following a treatment plan your chiropractor recommends is ideal.
Why is there a popping or “cracking” sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of gas bubbles between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
Does your office offer any additional therapies that help with pain and healing?
Yes. We offer several types of therapy modalities that can aid in your pain relief and recovery. In our office, we can incorporate these into your treatment plan as necessary. They include therapeutic exercises, electrical muscle stimulation, laser light therapy, and non-surgical spinal decompression. In addition to your adjustments, these therapies facilitate your healing and recovery and will get you back to doing the things you love, quicker.
Does chiropractic help with sports injuries and can you adjust other parts of my body?
Extremity adjustments are popular in our office. Joint pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, or foot can occur from a trauma or repetitive motion. The joints of the body can lose their normal motion and position. When this function is impaired, there is reduced range of motion, inflammation, calcium buildup, and scar tissue formation. Chiropractic adjustments to injured joints that are "locked up" improve blood circulation, reduce scar tissue, and speed the healing process.