What is a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Chiropractors offer a drug-free, personal hands-on approach to healthcare. Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) must earn an undergraduate degree in addition to 3 years post-graduate education to obtain their degree. They are extremely well-trained in the area of neuro-musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment of related conditions. Their 4,400+ coursework hours mirror traditional medical school, but have more hours in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, radiology and diagnosis and far less in pharmacology.
What is Spinal or Joint Manipulation?
During a spinal or extremity adjustment, a doctor applies a small amount of force in a specificialized manner to a joint, to restore motion which was restricted. This adjustment reduces pressure on accompanying nerve roots. Adjustments sometimes produce a “popping” sound which is simply nitrogen gas releasing from the synovial capsule within the joint itself. Adjustments often result in immediate pain relief.
Are Manipulations Safe?
Absolutely! Chiropractic adjustments are safe for all ages, from infants to elderly. Manipulations vary according to medical history, age, and conditions.
Spinal manipulation is one of the most common complementary health approaches used by adults and children in the U.S. (National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Among U.S. adults who used chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, about 67 percent used it to treat a specific health condition, and 53 percent used it for wellness, the NHIS found.
Why do I need to be seen several times a week at the beginning of care?
Your body has “memory”. So after adjustments it has a tendency to want to revert back to the posture/position it is used to. Our doctors are helping create new memory with proper alignment and proper function. Absence of pain does not automatically mean your problem is solved. Pain is like the red light coming on in your engine. The problem started long before the red light appeared. If we don’t correct the source, the pain or “red light” will return. As your body gets stronger, it will maintain function and alignment for longer and longer periods of time and visits become less frequent.
What is maintenance care?
Maintenance care is much like your regular dental checkups. If you stay on top of things, you prevent greater problems and costs down the road. Our doctors recommend patients get maintenance check-ups every 2-3 months depending on the health of your body and how active you are. A functioning spine and body supports overall immune function and vitality. Check-ups are a tiny investment in your most important asset – your health!