Q1: What is a Chiropractor?
A2: A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.
Q2: What is an adjustment?
A2: A Chiropractic adjustment is when the Chiropractor uses specific force in a specific direction to help unlock a locked joint or to move a joint that is not moving properly. These adjustments to the joints in time with place the bone in the normal position in the body. The goals of these adjustments are to improve spinal function, nervous system function, and to improve one’s overall health. Some adjustments are done with Chiropractic instruments that help with a quick thrust to place the joint back into place.
Q3: Is it safe? Does Chinese medicine work?
A3: Yes! Chiropractic care is one of the safest and more natural ways for treating pain. With no unsafe procedures or addictive drugs this is a more preferred method of patients seeking a natural route for health and wellness.
Q4: What type of education is required for becoming a Chiropractor?
A4: A Chiropractor needs at least a Master degree to practice Chiropractic care. Chiropractors are more commonly known to have their Doctorate degree and 1-2 years or residency.
Q5: How long will my treatment take?
A5: All of our bodies are different and with that so are our injuries. Spinal problems no addressed during childhood may have layers of scar tissue and soft tissue damage and may take longer period of time for treating. Most patients however, have a schedule where they come to the Chiropractor 1-4 times a month depending on the injury, job, or rehabilitation plan in place.
Q6: Can I adjust myself?
A6: No! Patients at home may turn, twist, or apply wrong specific pressure to an area to create a popping sound just like at the doctors office. This is only short term pain relief and may cause more damage to the area; Chiropractors have 6-10years or medical training and are recommend performing any adjustments needed to a patient.
Q7: What age is it safe to begin treatment?
A7: Any age! There are recorded adjustments being performed to newborns after a stressful birth to help align their backs in effort to have the baby grow normally.
Q8: Is Chiropractic similar to Massage Therapy?
A8: No. Chiropractors deal with the spinal column, nervous system, and body structure. Massage therapist deal with muscle tension, blood circulation, and body fluid drainage.
Q9: Do Chiropractors work in hospitals?
A9: Yes. Many Chiropractors do help in hospital settings; thou Chiropractors more commonly choose to open up their own practice.
Q10: Is a good workout the same as an adjustment?
A10: No. Exercise is a very important key role in a patients help, and does help improve blood circulation. Without a proper aligned spinal column the patient over time will start to put additional wear and tear on the spinal column, joints, and nerves.