Commonly Asked Questions

Please look below for some common questions asked about chiropractic care. We love educating our clients. This helps to ensure that you are making a decision that you are comfortable with when you come in for treatment.

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right.

Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine, called a subluxation, can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind / body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.

Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?

Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractic doctor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size, and condition.

Will I receive any medication for my pain?

No. Chiropractic doctors don’t dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, we can show you how to use ice to control painful symptoms. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects of pain medications.

How does the Activator® adjusting instrument work?

The hand held Activator® instrument is a relatively new concept in light force adjusting. It has been specially designed to deliver a controlled, light and fast thrust without undue strain to the patient. The thrust delivered by the instrument is so quick that it accelerates ahead of the body’s own tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of an adjustment. Because of the accuracy and controlled light force, Activator Methods adjustments are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and senior citizens.

What are some common indicators of spinal malfunction?

A low shoulder is a common postural deviation that may be an indication of a spinal malfunction with possible nervous system involvement. Another common indicator of spinal stress is a head that is leaning too far forward. This puts wear and tear on the spine, leading to degenerative changes. Frequently, uneven shoe wear indicates some type of spinal imbalance. Examine a pair of shoes for unusual signs of wear. Often, unequal pant leg length or an uneven skirt hemline can indicate a low hip or some other spinal problem. If you detect a possible problem, schedule a chiropractic examination.

Information courtesy of the following publications and their publishers: “Answers to the Questions Patients Ask About Chiropractic,” Patient Media, Inc., 2004; “Should You be Seeing a Doctor or Chiropractic?,” Back Talk Systems, Inc., 1994; and “When Your Health Matters: Activator® Methods – Chiropractic Technique,” Activator Methods, Inc., 1989.

Do chiropractic adjustments/treatments hurt?

Most don’t. The chiropractor will be as gentle as possible, and use only the minimum force necessary to treat you. Most Patients feel a stretch before an adjustment and a decrease of their pain after the adjustments. If there is and discomfort, it is of short duration. Patients describe their adjustments as relieving tightness, pressure, and pain. The more relaxed you are during your treatment, the more comfortable it should be.

How many treatments will need?

The answer is different for each person and their condition. Naturally, the more complicated, severe, or long-standing conditions require more treatments. Normally, you can expect to be treated frequently when beginning care, especially when your pain is frequent or causes disruption from you normal activities. In this way, the doctor can monitor your condition closely, and provide appropriate treatment. Your treatments will be spaced further apart as your condition improves.

What happens on the first appointment?

First, you will need to complete the necessary paperwork, which includes personal, insurance, and health history information. Then, you will have a consultation with the doctor to discuss your health history and history of your current complaint. Next, you will be examined. After the exam, the doctor may take x-rays then she will explain her findings and give you her recommendations for treatment. Finally, you can begin treatment.

What is the noise I hear during and adjustment?

When your vertebrae are adjusted, tiny pockets of gas are released from the joints, making a “popping” noise. It’s the same sound you hear when you pop your knuckles. Not all patients hear this noise. It’s not a sign that the adjustment is working or not working.

Are adjustments safe?

Dozens of research studies have documented the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. They are significantly safer than taking medications or having spine surgery. Research shows complications from chiropractic adjustments are rare and random.

Can other types of professionals also perform adjustments?

Yes. Some osteopaths (DOs) perform these techniques (but this is rare). However, chiropractors perform 95% of all adjustments in the world. Be careful of physical therapists, massage therapists, or “healers” who make similar claims but do not have the credentials, qualifications, and experience of a chiropractor.

What types of conditions do chiropractors use adjustments for?

Chiropractic adjustments (a precise method of restoring proper movement) are very useful in correcting: