What is Chiropractic?
We all have a complex structure of tendons, ligaments, bones and joints known as our musculoskeletal system. These separate components are highly sensitive to positional change and need to be fully functional in order for the musculoskeletal system to avoid "wear-and-tear". It's the loss of function and "wear-and-tear" that causes most aches and pains. When the joints of the musculoskeletal system lose their mobility and do not participate in normal ranges of motion, we describe this as "joint fixation".
In order to correct the consequences of immobility or "joint fixation" chiropractors perform specific adjustments. This manual procedure (adjustment) restores motion in the involved joint segments so that they work together optimally. The primary advantages of chiropractic treatment are that it treats the source of the pain, no drugs are used, and it is completely natural.
If we determine your pain does not originate from your musculoskeletal system, then the appropriate referral is made.
What conditions can Chiropractors treat?
We provide natural, non-invasive treatments to alleviate uncomfortable conditions such as:
- General aches and pains
- Lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Arm pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Discomfort from pregnancy
- Uncomplicated numbness and tingling
- Uncomplicated disc herniations or bulges
Additional benefits of chiropractic treatment include:
- Increasing mobility of the spinal vertebrae and larger joints of the body decreasing the chance of future injury.
- Helping to slow down of the process of joint degeneration.
- Decreasing stress by reducing the potential for pain.
- Aiding athletic or exercise performance of any level.
- Increasing the likelihood of a comfortable delivery during pregnancy.
- The potential to alleviate symptoms caused by asthma.
- Helps decrease the incidence of ear infections in some children.
Is it going to hurt?
No, chiropractic treatments are not painful. In fact, quite often, the patient feels great relief during and after treatment. In some cases there might be some discomfort in patients with extreme lower back or neck pain.
What's that "popping" sound?
The "popping" or "clicking" sound often associated with chiropractic is a release of gas bubbles (nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide) from the joint when it is manipulated. It's a similar event to that of carbon dioxide being released when opening a carbonated drink.
Will it make it worse?
No, chiropractic treatment is a natural method of optimizing your body's systematic functions. A small percentage of patients might feel increased soreness. However, this is the body's reaction to change. Just as soreness is felt after exercising for the first time, or after a long layoff from the gym. Your chiropractic physician should explain this possibility, and give home care instructions to the patient if this does occur.
How long do I have to be treated?
Our primary objective is to get the patient out of acute pain and functional as soon as possible. The treatment protocol depends on the patient's own objectives and the nature of the injury. If the patient is simply interested in alleviating pain, they are released from care as soon as those painful symptoms are eliminated. If the patient wants to be on a preventative maintenance care, returning on a periodic basis, we can accommodate that as well. We do not mandate or encourage long drawn-out treatment plans.
When should I feel better?
This depends on the condition, response of individual body types, and patient compliance. Some patients feel significantly better after one treatment, while others won't feel appreciable relief until after four or five treatments. If a patient's condition is not improving in a reasonable amount of time, we will refer the patient out to specialist who can better assist them.
Once I go, will I have to go for the rest of my life?
Absolutely not, you may continue as long as you want. Some patients choose to go to the chiropractor regularly. Similar to regular dental checkups, chiropractic treatment can provide preventative or wellness care. For example, most of us create muscle tension with our regular daily activities (e.g. prolonged periods of sitting, computer work, lifting children, cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear, etc.). Regular chiropractic care helps minimize the negative health impacts these activities can have. Ultimately, the duration of your chiropractic care is completely up to you.
Does your office take insurance?
If your insurance provider covers chiropractic benefits and we are not in their network, there is often a deductible that needs to be met. Once, the deductible is met we will send claims to your insurance company. As a courtesy, we will call and verify your insurance benefits before, or at your first appointment.
If your insurance carrier does not cover chiropractic benefits. Payment is due in full after each treatment.