Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I did not do anything but I still have back pain , WHY??
A. There are three basic causes of back pain. Physical stresses on the spine and nervous system may include slips and falls, motor vehicle accidents, repetitive motion, and improper postures such as slouching or sleeping. Chemical stress includes smoking, alcohol abuse, not drinking enough water, improper diet, or the overuse of drugs or medications. Finally, emotional stress is a major cause of back pain due to its effect on the hormonal and muscular systems of the body. Regardless of the cause, these problem areas need to be detected and removed.
Q. What is an Adjustment?
A. Adjustments are used by chiropractors to reposition the bones that are out of proper alignment There are various techniques of adjusting the vertebrae. Depending on the patient’s age, condition, and the doctor’s training and experience, any of these techniques may be used. The purpose of the adjustments is to remove any interference to the nervous system, which improves spinal function and overall health. Adjustments are safe for all ages and are completely natural.
Q. Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?
A. Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” It is the result of chiropractic’s conservative and natural approach that makes it so safe and helps millions of satisfied patients.
Q. What makes the sound during adjustments?
A. Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. However, some techniques do create a “popping” sound. This audible release is the result of gas shifting in the joint; similar to the noise created by “cracking” your knuckles. This sound is painless and causes no harm.
Q. Can I adjust myself?
A. Since a Chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound like the sound that sometimes accompanies a Chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unsteady. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!
Q. Why do chiropractors take X-rays?
A. In order to properly diagnose a patient’s condition, x-rays are commonly taken. These x-rays are used to check vertebral alignment, disc degeneration, proper curvature, scoliosis, and other serious pathology. With the use of digital equipment and limited exposure, the amount of x-rays used is far outweighed by the useful information gained by actually seeing the patient’s spine.
Q. Can a person with previous back surgery see a chiropractor?
A. Yes. Research shows that up to one-half of those who have spinal surgery report a relapse of their original symptoms within months or years. This common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome,” and usually results in the necessity of additional procedures. Chiropractic care may help prevent repetitive surgeries.
Q. Do children need chiropractic care?
A. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood health complaints can be traced back to nerve interference somewhere in the spine. Having the spine checked throughout childhood could prevent health problems that emerge in adulthood. Parents often prefer chiropractic care for their children because of its safe, non-invasive nature.
Q. Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
A. Pregnant women frequently get amazing results from chiropractic. Chiropractors are trained in special techniques for adjusting pregnant women. Because of the inability to take medication for pain, the natural approaches of chiropractic are the logical choice for pregnant women. More and more, obstetricians are referring to chiropractors due to the effectiveness of spinal adjustments for pain relief. Also, techniques designed to naturally turn a Breech baby are safe and effective.
Q. Do I have a Slipped Disc?
A. Discs are known as the “shock absorbers” of the spine and are made up of a fibrous outer ring and a jelly-like center. Commonly, a variety of disc problems throughout the spine may be referred to as a “slipped disc.” A disc cannot actually slip because of the way it attaches into the bones above and below. Discs can tear, decay, bulge, or dehydrate, all of which can be serious problems. However, discs cannot slip.
Q. Do I have a Pinched Nerve?
A. A pinched nerve is a rare occurrence. Most likely, the pain you are experiencing is an adjacent spinal bone out of its proper alignment, causing irritation, slight compression, or stretching of surrounding soft tissues creating inflammation, which then irritates the nerve. Any interference to these nerve signals can produce disorders in the tissues and organs.
Q. How does Chiropractic work?
A. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interferences to your natural state of being healthy.
Q. What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
A. Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve low back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and infantile colic.
Learning how to use your body properly is an essential part of the chiropractic approach to health. Throughout your chiropractic care, you will be instructed in the proper use of an exercise program, custom-tailored to your individual needs. These exercises become an integral part, not only of getting well, but of staying well.
Simply stated, “You are what you eat.” Often, the difference between regaining health and remaining ill is the patient’s eating and drinking habits. During your initial consultation, your doctor will ask specific questions to determine if you require special nutritional advice. It is a critically important part of your care.