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Most Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a subluxation?

Consider it a spinal “misalignment”, if you will. A subluxation is two or more vertebrae that are misaligned, becoming locked and losing their mobility.  This causes the nerve(s) passing between to lose signal strength and weakens function.  Whatever areas the nerves innervate can be affected and become symptomatic. Two vertebrae and the associated disc/nerves are considered a “motion segment”.  Subluxations interfere with the motion of motion segments.  An adjustment corrects the position (or alignment) and helps to restore the motion of the motion segments.

What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic manipulation (or adjustment) is a very precise and accurate force used to restore the mobility to joints that have been subluxated.  The doctor of chiropractic is the only specialist trained and experienced in administering adjustments to the spine in order to free motion segments with the purpose of restoring function.  Mobilization techniques performed by other specialists are NOT manipulations or adjustments!

How long do I have to keep seeing my chiropractor?

If you truly are concerned about your spine and your long-term health, then you should consider a lifetime of maintenance care with your chiropractor.  Consider it “spinal tune-ups”, if you will.  Once your initial spinal problem has been corrected or stabilized, periodic check ups may be recommended to prevent future problems and to optimize your health.  Since pain is a poor indicator of health, it is not a reliable measurement used to define wellness.  That being said, most patients report feeling better even after the first or second visit to their chiropractor.  Most conditions can be stabilized or show marked improvement in approximately 10 to 12 visits.  Once the condition is stabilized, your chiropractor will normally recommend a maintenance care plan for you.  Following this plan by choice can greatly decrease the chances for re-occurrence or worsening of your condition or symptoms.

What is the popping sound heard during an adjustment?

There are fluid-filled sacs between the joints that allow for proper lubrication.  During an adjustment, pressure in the joints partly contributes to the characteristic sound of adjustments.  This should not be confused with the sound you hear if you “pop” your own joints (which is rarely effective and never recommended). 

When you have locked motion segments, toxins build up (including CO2—carbon dioxide), and the quick, controlled release of the segment allows the toxins to escape under the pressure—similar to the release you get when you “pop” a top on a cola.  This is another major contributor to the sound heard during some adjustments.

Why do children need to see a chiropractor?

Many adult problems often begin during early childhood.  Children are also prone to many accidents (falls, bumps, bruises, etc.) With the activity levels of children, and their growing stages, the spine undergoes tremendous movement and change making the possibilities of subluxation almost limitless (and probabilities prevalent).  The Western birth process is one of the most traumatic events a child will undergo. As a result, many subluxations begin at birth. These can later manifest (sometimes many years later) into symptomatic conditions or disorders. 

At the very least, your child should be evaluated and monitored for scoliosis (a common disorder), which is only correctible, slowable/stoppable, or in some cases, reversible before spinal maturity (16 years of age).  The earlier this condition is detected and diagnosed, the better the chance for successful treatment measures. 

Pain is normally uncommon in non-traumatic children; so, if your child complains of spine pain or headaches, etc., then ask your chiropractor to evaluate the situation.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If subluxations are so prevalent, why doesn’t everyone hurt?

Different people under different circumstances perceive pain differently.  The elements that cause pain are not as sensitive in all people, and time can lapse before the threshold of pain is exceeded.  That is why damage to the spine can often be felt weeks, months, or even years after the initial causative event(s).  Chiropractic addresses the underlying causes of your pain and corrects them.  This is why chiropractic is so unique.  Your doctor of chiropractic is the only specialist trained in finding and correcting subluxations.

Will I have to have X-rays?

If after your consultation and exam it is determined that x-rays of your spine are needed, then we will refer you out for them.  X-rays are not needed for every person in every case.  The need for them will be determined on a case-by-case basis and the reasons will be explained to you before getting them.  Incidentally, x-rays more than one year old are generally considered non-diagnostic.  You may always request an x-ray referral as well.

At the end of your first visit, you will be scheduled for a report of findings.  This follow-up visit is for the purpose of going over the results of your exam and tests.  Most importantly, we will also explain your condition and how we believe that we can help you.  All of your treatment and financial options will be explained in detail at this time if they were not previously covered.