WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, muscles and joints) and function and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
Chiropractic focus is on the complex relationships between the muscles, nerves and joints of the body and how this relates to the overall function and performance of the body. How the spine works can influence the nervous system and in doing so , can alter the overall function of the body. Abnormal peripheral joint function (spine, knees, shoulders, elbows, etc.) can alter nervous system function and reduce performance.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT?
The doctor will perform a comprehensive examination an all new patients at their initial visit. This will help determine whether your injury condition would benefit from chiropractic care. X-rays are occasionally necessary depending on specific medical criteria, including your mechanism of injury (how you were hurt), your age and your medical history. If it is deemed that you could benefit from care, therapies such as muscle stimulation, ultrasound or massage therapy can be utilized to further help relax the muscles and promote healing to damaged tissues. In addition, a specific adjustment will be applied to the involved joint(s) to help increase mobility to the involved joints and adjacent tissues.
WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?
An adjustment is a gentle and precise placement of the vertebra or involved joint to its correct position. Adjusting the vertebrae can remove irritation and help the nervous system return to its natural efficiency. As a result, chiropractic adjustment returns the body’s normal range of motion which in turn, alleviates muscles, spasms and decreases pain.
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO BE UNDER CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
How long and how often you see a chiropractor will depend on several factors: the severity of your condition or injury, your age, physical condition, previous history of accident or surgeries, occupational requirements and how well you adhere to our treatment program and exercise instructions. Relief of pain usually happens quickly (2 to 4 weeks), though stabilizing your condition may take longer. This will be discussed with you, by your doctor, before you start treatment.