Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic FAQ

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural therapy used to improve and optimize function of the spine. Chiropractic physicians are trained primary care providers that specialize in spinal health.

How does chiropractic work?

The human body has a natural ability to heal itself, but it can only do so if the nervous system is healthy. Everyday occurrences, including repetitive movements at work, playing sports and lifting heavy objects as well as traumatic events such as car accidents can cause injury to the spine, limiting your ability to heal. The joints of the spine ‘lock up’ when these sorts of events occur, limiting range of motion. Spinal joint restriction and misalignment results in irritation and pressure at the spinal nerve.

Chiropractic care can correct these structural distortions, known as subluxations, restoring the body to its optimal form and function.

What can chiropractic help?

Chiropractic can help with a range of health concerns, including:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Knee pain
  • Foot pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Joint pain
  • Sciatica
  • Nerve pain
  • Arthritis
  • Poor posture
  • Disc problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Digestive trouble

Chiropractic can also be used as preventative treatment, keeping the body in peak condition to prevent the development of health issues.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is accepted as one of the safest, non-invasive, and drug free therapies available. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record but no medical or health treatment is completely free from the possibility of potential adverse effects. The occurrence of adverse effects after chiropractic care is very rare. Very often patients feel immediate relief after chiropractic care. It is possible to feel mild soreness, stiffness or aching after treatment. This discomfort is similar to the discomfort felt after exercising. Current research shows that mild discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation is typically resolved within 24 hours.

How are doctors of chiropractic educated?

Educational requirements for chiropractic physicians are among the most demanding of any of the health care professions. To begin their education, Doctors of Chiropractic are required to complete a Bachelor’s degree in a health or pre-medical field with studies including biology, organic chemistry, anatomy, physics and other science related course and lab work.

After completing their undergraduate studies, chiropractic students must complete a four to five academic year graduate program to receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Much of this time is spent in clinical training to perfect intricate adjusting techniques and prepare for caring for patients. The chiropractic education is similar to that of medical doctors with an even more intensive emphasis on anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, public health and nutrition. Doctors of chiropractic are committed to providing drug free therapies eliminating the need for in depth study of pharmacology which is the greatest difference in education between a chiropractic physician and medical physician.

Like all primary health care doctors, chiropractic students devote a great deal of their curriculum hours to the study of clinical subjects important for evaluating and treating patients. The chiropractic curriculum requires a minimum of 4200 classroom hours including laboratory and clinical training.

What can I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation by a chiropractic physician. As part of the evaluation, the patient will have the opportunity to discuss any health concerns with the doctor. The information collected during the first visit will be used to create an individualized health plan, which will be presented at your follow-up appointment.

What does acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture can be used to treat:

  • Pain management
  • Fertility
  • Weight management
  • Hormone regulation
  • Headache and sinus treatment
  • Stress, anxiety and relaxation
  • Skin issues

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is generally painless. In some instances, the skin may experience a very mild discomfort. Avoiding caffeine and sugar before your treatment can help to minimize skin sensitivity.

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