Q: What conditions are treated through Chiropractic
A: Chiropractic Practitioners treat patients using various techniques but are best known for manual adjustments of the skeletal system. The adjustments serve several different benefits for the body as a whole but are best known for treating neck, back and extremity pain. Also, chiropractic adjustments can be very beneficial for the relief of headaches, migraines, muscle strain and immobility, numbness, nerve pain and various bodily dysfunctions.
Q: Are chiropractic treatments safe?
A: Chiropractic care is largely recognized as one of the safest, non-drug practices known to holistic and medicinal arts. Although there is no medicinal or holistic treatment that can guarantee complete safety, the proven safety record for chiropractic health care is excellent. The risk involved with chiropractic care is extremely minimal.
While discussing the risks of any healthcare procedure it is important to compare other treatments available for the conditions being experienced. For example, when being prescribed anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) or other various types of painkillers for musculoskeletal discomforts, the risk involved in comparison to chiropractic care is much higher.
Q: Are chiropractic adjustments safe for young children and minors?
A: Absolutely! Individuals of all ages can expect to receive health benefits from chiropractic care. Children are often more than not, active! They experience all types of injuries and strain from daily living just as much, if not more than adults. Injuries sustained by young children and minors can present symptoms later on in their lives if not treated early on and corrected appropriately.
Q: How are adjustments by a chiropractor performed?
A: Chiropractic manipulations are practiced and performed using a highly developed skills and methods taught through intensive years of education. A chiropractor will use his/her hands or an instrument to manipulate different joints within the body often bringing immediate relief, mobility and function. Most commonly, adjustments are emphasized at the spine to reduce inflammation, nerve pain and immobility. Chiropractic adjustment procedures are adapted to fit each patients specific needs.
Q: Do I have to continually receive care once I begin?
A: Essentially, no. What may be required or suggested in order to improve the quality of healing and reduce symptoms is at least scheduling out a certain number of visits within a 6-8 week period. Typically, there is a pre-established plan created by the chiropractor after initial examination and treatment to specifically tailor to the needs of each patient. The chiropractor will typically recommend an extent of treatment and how long you may expect it to last.
Q: What is that pop/crack sound when there is an adjustment performed?
A: When a chiropractic performs a manual adjustment (manipulation) to a joint, there is a release of pressure and gas within the joint complex, thus creating a “pop” sound. This is most commonly heard outside of a chiropractic office when people are “cracking” their knuckles. There is typically minimal or no discomfort involved with this.