Chiropractic restores proper function to joints in the body or spine that are "stuck". If you have a bone that is not in place, muscles will be spasmed, joints will be inflamed and this will cause pain. By putting that bone or bones precisely back into place, you relieve those symptoms. It can take more than just a few adjustments to keep the bone in its proper place.
The use of direct pressure to a specific joint in a precise vector, whether in the spine or in an extremity, in order to restore function and improve motion within that joint. Often times this relieves muscle spasm as well. The Doctor usually uses his hands to perform the adjustment and may employ the use of a table to assist in certain type of adjustments.
The noise is caused by the release of nitrous gas inside the joint. Each joint has a capsule that has a certain amount of pressure. When the pressure is released, similar to popping ones knuckles, there is a sound. This is referred to as an "audible".
There are over 65,000 of us in the U.S.A and thousands of Doctors of Chiropractic graduating every year.
Over 20 million people visit the Chiropractor every year. Doctors of Chiropractic receive extremely intense training, very similar to Medical Doctors (M.D's) and Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O's) to receive their degrees. The difference lies in the last two years of the training programs. M.D and D.O's have intense internships and rotations in clinics, hospitals and their respective colleges or universities, studying mostly sick patients, patients with severe health problems or people in need of surgery. They learn to diagnose many conditions and treat them, typically with the use of drugs, surgery and also their own personal recommendations. The biggest difference here is that Chiropractors (D.C's) spend their last years in a large Chiropractic office, usually affiliated and connected with their Chiropractic college. They learn and practice all different types of adjusting techniques, therapies, nutrition recommendations and exercises to ultimately help patients naturally. In addition, they receive extensive education on X-ray interpretation, MRI studies, and diagnosing many other conditions, besides the typical Musculo-Skeletal type complaints. This sets the Doctor of Chiropractic apart, in that he or she may help patients in their own office, or, when they feel appropriate, refer out to the proper specialist to co treat the patient, with the ultimate goal of helping the patient have a better quality of life!
The adjustment does not hurt, but muscles may be sore for a short time after the treatment.
No. Some people can make their joints "pop," but that's not an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.
Yes. Rest assured that your doctor of chiropractic will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved levels. Often times these areas will be more likely to degenerate further and be weaker. These areas will often times be the focus of your chiropractic care.
Yes, of course. When developing a care plan, if the Doctor can accept your case. He will consider the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the joints of the body. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.
No, often times it goes unnoticed for a VERY long period of time. Some patients have had a disc problem for several years, and one day, pick up a pencil, or sneeze and cause the already manifested problem to become a severe injury. You will often hear of this as "throwing out your back".
Yes! Most people think it is only for adults, but many times kids have experienced mild or severe traumas. Birth is often times very traumatic. Many times, the kid falls out of the crib, or tumbles and hits his head. These traumas (which at the time usually go unnoticed and without treatment) over a period of time can cause as much trouble as an adult getting in a car accident at 50 miles per hour. The Doctor will let you know, once he checks your kids, if they are candidates for chiropractic treatment.
Yes. Pregnant mothers have found that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy when it comes to the nausea, pain and headaches. It makes the delivery easier for both the mother and baby. Motion Chiropractic features a Flexion Technology table which adapts for the baby and enables treatment of patients regardless of a patient's size, weight, age, or health condition.