What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the science, philosophy and art based on the understanding that good health depends upon a normally functioning nervous system, especially the spine and nerves extending from the spine to the body. It is a natural method of health care that focuses on correcting the causes of physical problems, rather than treating the symptoms of those problems.
What conditions benefit from Chiropractic care?
Although chiropractic care has been recognized for it’s effectiveness in relief of back pain, especially lower back and neck pain, it is effective for a variety of conditions. These conditions include, shoulder and arm pain, hip and leg pain, migraine headache, whiplash, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, infantile colic, and ear infections.
Is Chiropractic for Everyone?
Chiropractic can help from the time of birth until late in life. Even before birth, pregnant mothers find chiropractic to be helpful by increasing comfort during pregnancy. Because chiropractic is a safe alternative to drugs and surgeries, many parents bring their children to chiropractors. At the other end of the spectrum of life, the elderly experience relief from their daily aches and pains.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments do NOT hurt. Occasionally, the patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment, which lasts only seconds.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care available today. The risk factor is estimated to be one million to one, that is, your chance of being struck by lightening is greater than your chance of having a problem after a chiropractic adjustment. One of the best measures of safety are malpractice insurance rates, which are only a fraction of what medical physicians pay.
Is Chiropractic safe for my child?
Since Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care available today, it is equally safe for your child. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life and the Doctor of Chiropractic applies only a slight pressure to make spinal adjustments. More than 30 million Americans choose chiropractic care for their children and themselves.
What kind of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic complete?
After completing several years of pre-requisite undergraduate education, Chiropractors undergo a rigorous and demanding professional education. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated in three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training. Before they can practice, Doctors of Chiropractic must pass the National Boards, similar to the Board exam of Medical Doctors. Most states require the Doctors to attend clinical continuing education programs for annual re-licensure. Doctors of chiropractic also have postgraduate training available in such areas as pediatrics, radiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and more.
Are there any studies published showing the effectiveness of chiropractic care?
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving back and neck pain, migraine headache, shoulder, arm, hip and leg pain. Furthermore, there are many published studies conducted by researchers that confirm the effectiveness of chiropractic for a variety of childhood illnesses, including infantile colic and ear infections. For pregnant moms, research has found that chiropractic care can cut labor time in half.
When should I take my child to a Doctor of Chiropractic?
During the first year of life, a Chiropractor should examine your child’s spine to correct problems from birth injuries or tumbles when learning to sit, crawl and walk. Your child’s spine grows 50% in length during the first year of life! Doctors of Chiropractic believe it is much more important to prevent disease than to wait until illness occurs. When your child takes a fall or if your child is active in sports, you should make sure they are getting their spine examined for proper healing.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first thing a Chiropractor will do is to ask you about the health complaints of which you are chiefly concerned. The Doctor of Chiropractic will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your Chiropractor’s clinical judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural and/or functional abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the Doctor of Chiropractic in evaluating your problem.
Does insurance cover Chiropractic?
Most insurance plans cover a portion of Chiropractic care.
What other services do you offer besides chiropractic?
Our office offers a variety of alternative health care choices including massage therapy, eletrical muscle stimulation, hot/cold therapy, soft tissue rehabilitation, neuromuscular reeducation, core stabilization, and nutritional consultation.
Can Doctors of Chiropractic prescribe medications?
No, Chiropractic care is a safe alternative to drugs and surgery. It relies on the body’s own mechanisms to heal.