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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is safe and effective treatment for many types of neuromusculoskeletal (relating to the nerves, muscles, and joints) and other conditions. It is based on the scientific fact that your body is under the control of your brain and nervous system. When spinal or extremity joints become restricted, your nerves become irritated, causing pain and other health problems. Chiropractic involves the science of detecting these abnormal joint restrictions (or subluxations), and restoring proper joint motion & neurologic functioning through manipulation or the adjustment. In our practices, we assess & treat many other contributing factors of your problem including the muscles and other soft tissues, as well as your lifestyle, diet/nutrition, exercise, ergonomics, and posture. Since chiropractic physicians also receive extensive diagnostic training, we can help you to decide if you would be likely to benefit from chiropractic care, or if you should consult a medical doctor or another health care provider.

What Is an Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manipulation, is a procedure in which a specific force is applied at a precise location and direction to a joint that is restricted, or not moving properly. The purpose is to restore normal joint motion, which often results in decreased pain through improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health. Dr. Smith has become highly skilled in several different adjusting techniques, and will select the one most appropriate for your condition, in order to provide gentle, safe, and effective results.

Do Adjustments Hurt?
For most patients, chiropractic adjustments are painless. Some patients who are new to chiropractic or have recently suffered trauma may experience mild soreness, similar to starting a new workout program. However, most patients report a feeling of relief, improved mobility, calmness and a sense of well being following the adjustment. There are several chiropractic techniques used in our office. If you ever feel nervous or uncomfortable, simply let the doctor know. She can recommend alternative methods. Good communication is key for a successful doctor patient relationship.

What is the noise I sometimes hear during an adjustment?
When joints are adjusted, tiny pockets of gas are released from the joints, making a “popping” noise. Not all patients hear this noise and not all techniques create this noise. It is not an indicator that the adjustment is working or not working.

What Types of Conditions do Adjustments Help?
Chiropractic adjustments (a precise method of restoring proper movement) are very useful in correcting:
Pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, chest, abdomen, hips, legs, feet
Certain types of headaches
Sciatica
Injuries and trauma to the body such as whiplash
Repetitive strain disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Fibromyalgia (chronic muscle pain and stiffness)
Sports injuries and most musculo-skeletal injuries such as tennis elbow, strained muscles, and sprained joints and ligaments
Bursitis and Tendonitis (conditions involving inflammation of soft tissues)
Scoliosis
Leg pain and nerve disorders
Arthritis

Can Seniors Benefit From Chiropractic Care?
Definitely! The research shows that senior satisfaction with chiropractic care is very good. Chiropractic, in general, offers safe and cost-effective procedures for many musculoskeletal problems that can interfere with one's quality of life. Our office can show you how to increase your strength, improve your range of motion and get rid of your aches and pains. "Elderly chiropractic users were less likely to have been hospitalized, less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community. In addition, they were less likely to use prescription drugs." - Topics in Clinical Chiropractic, Coulter et al. (1996)

What Causes These Joint Restrictions or Subluxations?
Unfortunately, so many factors of modern living can cause joint and muscle overload, and make your body "stress out." Some common causes include stress, poor posture, repetitive motions, prolonged postures such as sitting and standing without breaks, improper sleep habits, improper lifting, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, inadequate rest, and poor form during exercise and at the gym.

What Type of Education Do Chiropractic Physicians Receive?
Government inquiries have affirmed that today's chiropractic academic training is of equivalent standard to medical training in all preclinical subjects. Chiropractic education includes special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, neurology, orthopedics, pathology, biomechanics, radiology, nutrition, and spinal manipulation. Four years of postgraduate study and completion of an internship are required, followed by National and State Board examinations, before entering practice. Continuing postdoctoral education is also required to maintain current licensure and keep abreast of the current scientific literature.

How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?
Several factors are considered when determining your treatment plan, including the results of your examination, when your symptoms began, your daily activities, and your level of stress. Every case is different, but most patients respond favorably within the initial weeks of care. Once pain relief is obtained, many patients choose to continue with periodic visits, to maintain the results they've achieved. However you do not have to commit to a long-term care plan to benefit from chiropractic treatments. By emphasizing patient education, you become as self-reliant as possible. How long you decide to continue to benefit from chiropractic care is ultimately up to you.
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