Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic
What is chiropractic?
From the Greek “to do by hand”, chiropractic aims to eliminate the cause of your problem, not just mask the symptoms. Chiropractic, which uses spinal manipulation to revitalize the body’s own natural healing process, is part of a growing movement toward holistic, preventative health care.
How can chiropractic help me and my pain?
Spinal manipulation gets rid of the nerve interference that is causing your pain by allowing your body’s tissues and organs to function unobstructed, as they were meant to do. If you are experiencing headaches, back pain or tingling in your arms and legs, you probably belong to the 90 percent of the population that suffers from some type of subluxation causing pressure or irritation to nearby nerves.
Can a chiropractor help during pregnancy? Can my baby be affected?
A woman’s body changes greatly during the prenatal period and the expectant woman faces profound changes during this time. Nearly every function of her body, even the structure of it will alter to accommodate the growing embryo. Regular visits to your chiropractor are an integral part of the prenatal and postnatal care. It can solve many prenatal health problems such as lower back pain, often complicated by hip and leg pain.
Should I see a chiropractor after I’ve been injured in a car accident? If so, why?
The aches and pains you feel after an accident are an indication that your spine has suffered some damage. Left untreated, these injuries may be the source of future pain, arthritis and other chronic conditions. Because symptoms may not appear for a few days after the damage has occurred, it is imperative that you contact your chiropractor immediately for an appointment.
What is a vertebral subluxation?
Physical injury, emotional stress, even the little bumps and strains of everday living can cause a segment of your spine to become misaligned with the vertebra above or below it. Sooner or later, these misalignments, called subluxations, may pinch, rub, stretch or irritate surrounding nerves, which in turn hinders the proper function of organs and tissues.
What can I expect from my first visits?
You will complete a health history form which you and your doctor will review. He will acquaint you with the type of treatment you will need and may order diagnostic tests, if necessary. With the use of spinal exam and x-rays, he will also observe your posture and the curve and alignment of your spine.
Does chiropractic care hurt, is it painful at all?
Since spinal manipulation uses gentle, specific pressure, you should feel very little, if any, pain or discomfort. Many people experience a sense of relief.
How often will I need a spinal adjustment?
It depends. Some patients need only a short series of adjustments, while others may require treatment for an extended period of time. A chronic health problem may not respond as quickly as one acquired only recently.
How long before I start to feel better?
The healing process varies from person to person, and relief is not always immediate. But you will probably start to feel results after just a few visits.
Are chiropractors adequately trained?
Yes. After completing 2 to 4 years of pre-med college education, a chiropractor undergoes another four years of classroom training before receiving his or her doctor of chiropractic degree.
Will insurance cover the cost of chiropractic care?
Most major medical, automobile and workers compensation policies cover chiropractic care.
Does chiropractic really work, or is it just phony balogne?
Yes. National government studies have shown that chiropractic care is superior to conventional medicine for a variety of musculo-skeletal problems, including those resulting from automobile and on-the-job injuries.
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Conditions chiropractic can treat
- Auto accident injuries
- Back or hip pain
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain between shoulders
- Pain, numbness or tingling in legs
- Pain or numbness in arms or hands
- Painful joints
- Pregnancy related discomfort
- Problems with circulation
- Sinus trouble
- Spinal curvature
- Sports injury
- Stomach disorders