Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
A. Chiropractic adjustments are remarkably safe. The chiropractic exam is used to identify patients who have contraindications to chiropractic care. In those cases adjustments are avoided, however other modalities may still allow that patient to receive effective treatments. Remember, chiropractic care can help you avoid dangerous drugs and risky surgeries.
Q. Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
A. Adjustments are often painless and much safer than over the counter pain relievers. Patients may experience an audible "pop" with adjustments. This is just movement of gases in the joints and is completely normal. Some patients report mild discomfort with adjustments and soreness which typically resolves a few days after treatment.
Q. What does a spinal adjustment do?
A. A spinal adjustment is applied to a joint that is not moving enough in an effort to restore normal joint motion. A chiropractor is highly trained to be able to identify these segments. Adjustments are highly specific and are only applied to the joints that need normal motion restored.
Q. I can self adjust. Do I still need to see a chiropractor?
A. Yes you do. When people self adjust, segments that are "popping" are those that are already mobile. Adjustments by a chiropractor are specifically applied to areas of the spine that need normal motion restored. Also, chiropractors adjust in the line of the joint, whereas people who self adjust can jam the joints.
Q. I've dealt with aches and pains for years. Isn't this normal for me?
A. No! Aches and pains are a sign that your body isn't working correctly. If you don't address the underlying problem, it can worsen and become more difficult to correct.
Q. Can patients with osteoporosis or back surgery be adjusted?
A. Yes. Back surgery can often result in instability above or below the involved areas. These levels will be addressed in your treatment plan. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The gentlest techniques will be used on osteoporotic spines.
Q. How do I know if I need a chiropractor?
A. Almost everyone benefits from chiropractic care in one way or another. If you have ever been in any kind of physical trauma, no matter how mild, you are probably in need of a spinal exam. Contact us for a free no risk consultation to see if you are a good candidate. Let us know your goals and we will work for you!