Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
How Does Chiropractic Treatment Work?
Chiropractors use an "adjustment" to restore mobility to joints that have become hypomobile. This hypomobility, or loss of normal motion, can result from repetitive stress, or a single traumatic event, such as a fall or car accident. The adjustment is often performed in conjunction with some type of therapy, exercise instruction, and recommendation for lifestyle modification.
What Kind of Training & Education Do Chiropractic Physicians Have?
Prior to beginning chiropractic school, a 3 year pre-chiropractic program must be completed. Chiropractic school is a 3.5 year, full time program focusing on biology, pathology, radiology, nutrition, adjusting techniques, anatomy, neurology, and a variety of other health related topics. Additionally, chiropractors are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education each year to maintain their license.
Does Chiropractic Treatment Hurt?
We use a variety of adjusting techniques, including manual adjusting, activator, and Thompson Technique (drop table) to provide our patients with the treatment option they are most comfortable with. Additionally, we take the time to educate our patients on what they are going to experience during their treatment session. Numerous studies have pointed to chiropractic as a safe and effective treatment option.
Patients can occasionally experience minor, short-term soreness after an adjustment. This can be compared to soreness experienced after a massage or workout.
What Can I Expect on My First Visit?
Your first visit will begin with a thorough history and exam to determine what type of treatment is best for your condition. If we feel you will benefit from chiropractic, we will develop a specific treatment plan for your situation. If chiropractic is not the best option for your condition, we will refer you to the most appropriate heath care provider.
How Often Will I Need to be Seen?
This will be determined by the severity and duration of your condition, and your overall health. Our goal is to get our patients well as quickly as possible, and then provide them with the necessary tools to manage their condition on their own.