1. How Does Chiropractic Care Help?
Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The Chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interference to your natural state of being healthy. A common interference to the nervous system are the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses. With improved spinal function, there is often improved nervous system function. Your Chiropractic Doctor can help remove interferences that may be impairing normal health.
2. I Didn’t hear a sound. Does that mean the Adjustment Didn’t Work?
A Chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated , “locked up” , or not moving properly. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually , the doctor's hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief or highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow and constant pressure. After years of training and clinical experience , each Chiropractic Doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.
3. Does Insurance Cover Chiropractic Visits?
Chiropractic care is covered under most health insurance plans. Some plans may have visit limits, dollar limits or referral requirements. The specifics depend on each individual plan.
4. How safe is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record that is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. A thorough case history and examination help reveal areas of the spine that may be causing nervous system malfunction. This information will be used to determine the best course of care for each patient.
5. Is Chiropractic Care Safe While I’m Pregnant?
Chiropractic care is not only safe for pregnant women, but also has been shown to alleviate common aches and pains caused from weight gain and spine stress due to pregnancy.
6. Can I Become Addicted to Chiropractic Adjustments?
Chiropractic is not addictive or habit forming. You usually feel better following an adjustment , able to move freely and with better posture. Feeling free from muscle aching and pain can be addicting. However, the goal of a good Chiropractor is to get you feeling better , and allow your body to work properly, so you don’t need constant adjusting to feel your best.
7. Is Chiropractic Safe for Children?
Childhood can be a physically traumatic time. Most children will take plenty of falls as they learn to crawl, walk , run and engage in sports, games and other physical activities. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment option for children of all ages.
8. How Much Schooling Does a Chiropractor Have?
Today’s Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated. After undergraduate studies, todays Chiropractic Doctor completes an additional four-year curriculum of over 4,500 college classroom hours of health sciences. Special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-rays and spinal adjusting techniques. To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate passes demanding National Board Examinations. Then, Doctors apply to an additional governmental or professional State Licensing Board and pass a still more difficult test before granted the privilege to practice.
9. Can I See a Chiropractor if I’ve Had Back Surgery?
Much depends on the status or type of surgery that was performed, however, you can still do other treatments to help relieve the pain and get better function to the areas around the surgery like adjusting your pelvis or upper back if that is associated with your pain.
10. How Long Will it Take to Work?
The amount of time it takes for the effects of Chiropractic therapy to work depends on the type of injury, the duration of the problem and the overall health of the patient. Generally speaking, a majority of people start seeing improvement with their condition within 3 to 10 visits.
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