Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. A dysfunction in one of the vertebrae of the spine will lead to reduced or impinged nerve flow. This can manifest in the body in many ways including pain, numbness, tingling, burning sensations, muscle weakness and even organ dysfunction. Chiropractic treatments are focused on realigning these vertebrae to their proper position by using manual adjusting procedures specific to the displaced or subluxated vertebrae.
What does a Chiropractor do?
A Chiropractor uses a variety of techniques to determine which vertebrae or joint is misaligned. This includes postural analysis, range of motion tests, orthopedic tests, muscle and reflex testing, Xray/MRI analysis, sensory analysis and instrumentation to determine precisely at which level or levels the dysfunction is taking place. Once the misaligned vertebra or vertebrae are located a manual/instrumental adjustment will be delivered to the joint to properly align the vertebra and restore proper nerve flow.
Does an adjustment hurt?
No, typically patients report no pain when an adjustment is given. Often times a popping or cracking noise can be heard which is merely nitrogen deposits being released as the joints are realigned.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is a very safe non invasive procedure when preformed by a trained professional. It is the number one non-invasive treatment protocol for spine related issues such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, herniated discs (disc bulge/slipped disc) etc
What type of training/education do Chiropractors receive?
Chiropractors undergo a rigorous course load that can only begin after an undergraduate degree has been obtained. They focus on all of the subjects a MD must learn including Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Neurology, Biochemistry etc. They begin evaluating the spine from day one using the techniques discussed above to determine where a misaligned vertebra is and the best technique to correct it. To become a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic one must pass all respective classes in the curriculum, pass all four National Board Examinations and see a specified number of patients under the guise of a licensed Chiropractic physician.
Is Chiropractic care expensive?
Chiropractic care is generally inexpensive compared to its medical counterparts. A simple diagnosis typically involves only a few short treatments coupled with at home exercises or procedures to help restore mobility in the spine and prevent the problem from reoccurring. More complex cases may involve several treatments over the period of a few weeks or months.
Why choose Chiropractic?
Chiropractic treats a variety of conditions and disorders for people of all ages. The most important idea to keep in mind is that Chiropractic is a non invasive safe alternative to most medical treatments. It is a relatively inexpensive treatment without any long lasting adverse side effects that are often found using the conventional medical model.