Q & A

Q. What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of health care that focuses on the belief that health is achieved through an optimally functioning Nervous System. This system includes the brain, spinal cord and 31 pairs of spinal nerves that travel through the openings between the vertebrae.

Any disruption of this system will interfere with the body's ability to heal and adapt to a stressful environment. These disruptions are called subluxations, and they can be caused by illness, injury and any form of stress.

Doctors of Chiropractic use their hands to locate and reduce these areas of interference through spinal adjustments.

The premise of Chiropractic is that the body is a self healing and a self regulating system. We aid in your body's natural ability to heal without the use of medications or surgery.

Q. What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific low-force in a precise direction applied to a bone that is subluxated, or misaligned. This adjustment adds motion to the spinal joints which will help the bone to gradually return to the more normal and correct position.

Q. How will the adjustment help me?
A Chiropractic adjustments help to eliminate interference that prevents your body from communicating and thus healing itself. Misaligned vertebrae interfere with your nervous system, which affects organs and muscles throughout your body.

Q. Do spinal adjustments weaken or loosen the spine in any way?
A No. Spinal adjustments restore the normal, healthy motion and position that each spinal segment requires. In order for the spine to stay strong, the spinal bones must be in normal alignment and have their normal amount of movement. Spinal adjustments do just that.

Q. Do I have to keep coming back or treatments?
A It's recommended that you come in periodically for spinal check ups but your health care is always up to you. My goal is to help patients as much or as little as they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences or old injuries and prevents new injuries from developing.

Q. How does Chiropractic help kids?
A major component for health is the communication between your child's brain and body, this vital for the growth, repair, and function of every tissue and organ. The spinal cord sends messages from the brain throughout the body via billions of nerves. Interference (nerve pressure or irritation) places the body in disharmony. We see kids for several conditions including but not limited to Ear Infections, Colic, Bed Wetting, Constipation, Scoliosis, Hyperactivity, Allergies and Frequent Colds.

Adjustments on children are quite different than adults. We use very light pressure, or an activator to do small movements. Unlike adults small movements can make a drastic effect. Children respond quickly to chiropractic care!

Q. Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound - it's exactly the same as when you "crack" your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released. There is no pain involved.

Q. Can I adjust myself?
Definitely not. Chiropractic adjustments are applied to a specific spinal segment with a specific force in a specific direction. "Self-adjusting" yourself is detrimental, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unstable or hypermobile. Chiropractic training takes many years to complete; adjusting the spine is not for the inexperienced.

Q. Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractic is a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive surgery or drugs with side effects. Chiropractic care is safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers, and even aspirin. A comprehensive history and examination shows the exact areas of the spine that may be causing joint fixation or nerve irritation. This also allows the doctor to determine the best course of care for each individual patient and condition.