What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is not only a science but also an art and a philosophy for health. The Chiropractor doesn't actually cure but helps the body to heal itself.
The primary aim of chiropractic care is to restore and maintain the health of your nervous system thereby building your energy levels to maintain good overall health.
Are Chiropractors registered licensed practitioners?
Chiropractors are most definitely registered and licensed practitioners.
To ensure that we offer up to date treatment using the latest research and technology, all practitioners are required to take part in ongoing studies and education.
What is an adjustment?
When an adjustment is given, the chiropractor uses a carefully directed and controlled pressure in a precise direction to a joint that is fixated, 'locked up' or not moving properly. The chiropractor locates the vertebral subluxation by using their hands or special instruments and applies a specific force. This allows the body to correct the subluxation and restore nervous system function and normal vertebral motion, thus correcting the position and motion of spinal bones.
Will it hurt when I get an adjustment?
The spine becomes accustomed to its incorrect position over time, so the first time you get adjusted and the spine is moved back to its correct position, it will stretch certain ligaments and muscles and alter the function of spinal joints. Most commonly people experience immediate relief following an adjustment. Occasionally they may feel minor discomfort as the body adapts to its altered position, however this is normal and only temporary.
Why do my bones making a cracking noise when I get an adjustment?
Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluid in the joint shift. It is much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a sunction cap. The sound is interesting, but is not a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.
Can i adjust myself?
No. Some people make their joints 'pop', but that is not an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractor must consult another chiropractor to have his/her spine adjusted.
Can the bones move too much?
This is highly unlikely. A chiropractic adjustment is special. It has the right amount of energy, delivered to an exact spot, at a precise angle, at just the right time. The intent is to get a 'stuck' spinal joint moving again, helping to reduce nervous interference. Years of training, practice and experience make chiropractic adjustments specific and safe.
My chiropractor put me on a treatment plan. Can you explain why I need to follow this schedule?
This treatment schedule is what it will take in order to correct your condition so that your spine will sit straight and function correctly.
Can I just come when I am sore?
Yes, you can, however pain is the first thing to disappear and if the cause of your problem is not corrected, your pain will return and become more frequent. Your spine will also continue to degenerate over time if it is not corrected.
How long will it take for me to get well?
To relieve you of your pain it should only take a few visits, although in order to correct your problem it will take the duration of the treatment schedule prescribed by your chiropractor.