While chiropractors focus primarily on adjusting the spine
we also are trained on adjusting all of the joints in the body.
What is chiropractic? Chiropractic is a non-drug based and non-surgical treatment for the body. Chiropractors use adjustments to the spine and other parts of the body to correct alignment and heal the body. Most adjustments are done by hand but there are many techniques. Your doctor will help you find a technique that will work for your condition.
What is an adjustment? A chiropractic adjustment is used to correct a subluxation (misalignment). Typically it is a small “push” on the affected area that moves the joint and removes nerve irritation.
Does it hurt? 90% of all adjustments are painless. In the beginning, and especially if you are in a lot of pain, the adjustment may be uncomfortable. This is usually short-lived. Most people find that the adjustment helps them feel better quickly.
How long will it take to feel better? The good news is that chiropractic care can help you feel better quickly. Most conditions respond in the first couple of weeks of treatment. Some chronic conditions can take longer; but we always perform periodic re-examinations to be sure our patients are progressing normally.
Why wouldn’t I just take pills? Taking medications can mask the symptoms of a nervous system problem but it won’t correct the cause. By taking medicines you can make the problem worse as well as expose yourself to a lot of undesired and dangerous side effects. Patients treated with chiropractic care for a variety of conditions have better results than with medicines and less recurrences or chronic problems. Chiropractic corrects the cause of the problem and allows the body to work better.
How do I know if my spine is in trouble? Many people have spinal problems for years before pain occurs. It is a good idea to have a thorough spinal exam from a chiropractor to check for problems whether you are having pain or not. A thorough exam should consist of a history, range of motion exam, orthopedic tests, posture evaluation, palpation (feeling) the muscles and joints, and spinal X-rays if a problem is suspected. Your doctor should also give you a complete report of findings on your spine.
Once you go to a chiropractor do you have to go forever? No. You don’t have to do chiropractic care forever. A lot of people do choose to have ongoing wellness care after their spinal problem is corrected to keep it that way. Many people report that regular spinal adjustments make them feel better and keep them healthier, but the choice is always up to you.
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