We spend about an hour conducting your examination and discussing your medical history. We listen to your concerns and answer questions. We explain our treatment methods and how they can improve your health and reduce pain.
In some cases, we refer you to another facility for x-rays to better understand and treat your spine-related condition. At your follow-up visit, we assess your x-rays and discuss any abnormalities or alterations of your spine and how we can treat and improve those conditions.
What is chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractic treatment usually involves spinal manipulation through applied pressure on different vertebrate or parts of the spine and neck. It is also called spinal adjustment.
How will a chiropractic adjustment help me?
Chiropractic adjustments by themselves do not actually heal the body. Your body is controlled by your nervous system. Your nerves signal back and forth between your body and your brain. Your 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become misaligned from simple day-to-day behaviors such as working at a computer or walking unevenly. In addition, traumatic jolts or falls cause misalignment.
When the vertebrae are out of alignment, they impede nerve paths. This further contributes to stress on your body as it keeps body parts and major systems from doing their jobs.
Chiropractic adjustments eliminate nerve blockage so the body can function properly. When joints are allowed to move freely, they increase the amount of information the brain sends and receives to restore function and health. Furthermore, motion helps to block pain signals.
How long will it take to feel better?
Most patients walk out of the office feeling better, not necessarily cured, but better. It may take some time for your body to heal based on the severity of the condition.
Chiropractic care helps the body heal itself so it is difficult to predict how long it will take. But with each visit, you should notice improvement.
Are neck adjustments safe?
Yes, as safe as walking into your medical doctor's office. The 2010 Neck Pain Task Force Report, a study sanctioned by the United Nations and the World Health Organization, indicates neck manipulation is a "safe and effective form of health care.”
In addition, the study concluded a vertebrobasilar artery (VBA) stroke is very rare. The risk of a VBA stroke following a visit to a chiropractor’s office appears to be no different than the risk following a visit to a medical doctor's office.