What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic was founded in 1895. It is
based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell,
tissue, organ and system of the body. The brain and the spinal cord are protected by
bones, the skull and vertebra. When the vertebra lose their normal position or move
improperly, they can irritate the nervous system. The irritation can effect the nerves
which supply the tissues and organs causing a lack of function. This lack of function is
called the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
Chiropractors locate and
correct the areas of the spine not functioning properly. The correction is done through a
procedure called an adjustment. The word adjustment describes a specific movement that is
directly with careful pressure. This pressure allows the vertebra to return to a more
normal position and movement.
Doctors of Chiropractic go
through a 4 year graduate program after completing medical school prerequisites. The
training teaches Chiropractors how to use just the right amount of pressure at the proper
time. This process makes Chiropractic an art.
The philosophy of
Chiropractic states that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. By correcting
Vertebral Subluxations through the adjustment, the nervous system can work properly to
allow the body to heal. The doctor doesnt "heal" your body, only you can
heal your body. Many medications, including aspirin, dont correct your problem, but
only cover up your symptoms.
Therefore, Chiropractic is
not just a science, but also an art and philosophy. Chiropractors look to correct the
cause of your problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is the term
used to explain the chiropractic treatment. It is known in the medical community as spinal
manipulation, although the chiropractic adjustment is performed specifically by
chiropractors with 4 years of extensive experience in this type of treatment.
Does the adjustment hurt?
The adjustment is a
painless procedure although when the patient has a chronic condition or muscle spasms
accompanying the spinal dysfunction (called subluxation), the spasms can be
What is a "subluxation"?
A subluxation is a
dysfunction of the bones that house and protect the spinal cord. Any dysfunction can affect the nervous system and the nerve supply to different parts of the body. Vertebral subluxations that are left undetected and unadjusted for many years can lead to symptoms of pain, diseases, and an unhealthy expression of life.
How do I know when I am subluxated?
It is not easy knowing when
you are subluxated, although a pain of some kind can be a clue. Abnormal posture including
one shoulder higher than the other, hips not level or a head forward past the shoulders
can also be indicative of a subluxation. Often, the nerves that are negatively affected
because of the dysfunction in the spine do not carry pain signals. This means that you
can suffer from subluxations for years without any painful warning signs. However,
allowing subluxations to exist in your body can negatively impact the functions of the
organs in your body, which leads to a deterioration of your health. A chiropractor can
detect the subluxations with their trained hands, and can correct them properly.
How did I get
A person can become
subluxated in a wide variety of ways. Simple things like sleeping, sitting, and standing
can contribute to subluxations. Often, people develop their first subluxation during birth
when the doctors use force of up to 60 to 100 pounds to aid the delivery. Normal childhood
activities such as spills from the bike, sledding, playing ball, and any other activity
that results in a jarring fall, all result in subluxations in children. Because
subluxations don't often cause pain, people do not know they are there and thus do not get
them fixed until after major damage has been done, at which point the pain usually begins
to be felt.
Will this cure my back/neck pain?
subluxations might bring you relief from pain, the general aim of the chiropractor is not
to merely fix painful backs and necks, but to enable the body to express itself to the
fullest, without any interference from subluxations. Correcting subluxations opens up a
whole new world of wellness and health care because the body is able to funct as it was
designed to. Without any nerve blockages due to subluxations, the body can boost its
immune system and much more effectively fight disease and illness. Relief from back and
neck pain, which are the most common symptoms that bring people into a chiropractor's
office, might come about from the adjustments, but there are no guarantees. However,
living with subluxations is like trying to ride a bike with one hand, you are only half as
effective as you would be if you had the full use of both hands. Allowing subluxations to
exist in your body, even if they are not causing you pain, means you have a reduced immune
system and a lower level of wellness and health.
Does the adjustment hurt?
Adjustments do not hurt. If
the patient has muscle spasms, then relieving the spasms can sometimes cause soreness.
What is that cracking
sound is air, gas & fluid escaping from the joint. It is the same thing that happens
when you crack your knuckles. The patients bones do NOT crack.
When can I expect to
Different patients have
different healing times. Some experience relief within 1-2 weeks; others notice changes
before the end of the first month. Healing is sometimes dependent on the length of time a
patient has had the symptom.
Do I have to keep coming
No! Pain usually subsides
in the first 4-6 weeks. Correcting the cause of a problem usually takes a couple of
months. You have the option of discontinuing care when the pain subsides or when you
complete the corrective procedure. Or you can continue with what we call maintenance care.
The purpose of maintenance care is to keep your spine healthy and to avoid a reoccurrence
of a back-related problem. Just as you go to the dentist for regular checkups, having your
spine checked by the doctor is just as important, if not more so. But the choice is always
improve my posture?
Most patients have seen
their posture improve as a result of chiropractic care.
How long will each
After the first two visits,
each appointment generally takes between 5 and 15 minutes, depending upon what you need
done on each visit.
Do I have to have
The doctor will determine
if films are necessary during the examination.
If I bring my own,
fairly recent X-Rays, do I have to take new ones?
If you have them, please DO
bring them, as they will help the doctor in her examination. If the doctor determines at
the end of the examination that new films are necessary, she will advise you and why she
feels they are necessary.
straighten my spine?
It depends on what is
causing the spine to NOT be straight. If the cause is a lot of arthritis and degeneration,
it is unlikely that the spine can be straightened. If the cause is related to muscle
tightness, there is a much greater chance that the spine can be straightened.
Does chiropractic cure
cancer or other diseases?
Chiropractic treats the
dysfunction of the spine. Chiropractic does not cure cancer or any other disease. The
chiropractic adjustment can help relieve the pain associated with different diseases. As a
result of chiropractic care, many patients experience relief due to the bodys innate
ability to heal itself.
Is chiropractic good for
children or elderly people?
Chiropractic is good for
all patients because chiropractic care centers on the spine.
Particularly, it is good to get children checked out after they have had a fall.
Will my insurance cover
About 80% of insurance
plans cover chiropractic. We will verify your benefits when you come to our office for the
How long does a
chiropractor go to school?
After completing the same
prerequisites for medical school, chiropractors attend chiropractic college for 4 years.
Why are there so many
techniques used in chiropractic?
Chiropractors use many
different techniques to treat specific areas of the body. As with medicine, each technique
provides the patient with various, specific benefits depending on the patient, some
may be more appropriate than others.
Can I come in whenever I
feel like it and not stick to a regular schedule?
The doctor will recommend a
treatment plan for you which will best benefit your health. For you to obtain the best
results from chiropractic care, it is important that you stick to the schedule the doctor
Can I just drop in
without a scheduled appointment?
The doctor is always
available to see a patient in an emergency, otherwise, the patient should follow the
schedule that the doctor has prescribed.
Does the doctor get
Yes. As a practitioner of
chiropractic, the doctor is also a patient of chiropractic.