purpose of your first appointment is to analyze the
health of your spine using various tools. Whether your
symptoms are severe, mild, or non-existent, we must
first determine the presence or absence of subluxations
in your spine, which are misaligned vertebrae that cause
compression, tension, irritation, and damage to the
central nerve system.
The central nerve system is comprised of the brain and
spinal cord, and gives rise to the spinal nerves. The
central nerve system totally controls all functions of
healing in the human body. Spinal subluxations cause the
organs, muscles, and soft tissues of the body to
malfunction and heal poorly, due to the interference
they create in the central nerve system.
Symptoms are the body's warning signals that something
has been malfunctioning for some time and has needed
attention. In most cases, subluxations are present
without symptoms or warning. Quite often, subluxations
have existed for many years by the time a symptom
If any subluxations are detected in your examination, we
can help you.
How do you get
There are three basic
causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include
slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and
improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear
can cause subluxations. Chemical causes could include
alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
How do I know if I have a
You can have subluxations
and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth
decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before
warning signs appear. The results of a thorough
examination can show the location and severity of
subluxations you may have.
Will I have to have
X-rays can be helpful,
but are not required in every patient's case. Pictures
of your spine, especially after trauma, can confirm
other findings and make your care more precise. We will
determine if X-rays are necessary once we review your
health history and examine your spine. Our office only
takes those X-rays which are absolutely necessary.
Can subluxations clear up
on their own?
Sometimes. Today's hectic
lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations.
Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct
many of these problems as well as we bend and stretch,
or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don't
resolve, you need to see a doctor of chiropractic.
What's an adjustment?
usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to
spinal joints that aren't moving properly. Some methods
use the doctor's hands, an instrument, a special table
or the force of gravity.
Does the adjustment hurt?
circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In
cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild
discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is
also common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities
immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden
decompression of the affected nerve root.
Yes. A New Zealand
government study found that adjustments are "remarkably
safe." By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic
care enjoys an excellent track record.
Are all patients adjusted
the same way?
No. Each patient's care
is custom-tailored for their age, condition and health
What if chiropractic
If we're unable to find
and correct the cause of your particular health problem,
we will refer you to other practitioners who may be able
How long until I feel
Some patients experience
almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many
weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing
The severity of
the structural misalignments causing your
How long you have
How rapidly your
body responds to chiropractic care, influenced
by age, mental attitude, elasticity of the
muscles and ligaments
Your ability to
avoid additional stress and strain while your
body is healing.
Healing time is
almost as individual as finger-prints.
How long will I need
symptomatic patients get the relief they seek, many
choose to continue with some type of periodic care.
These patients show up for their visits feeling great.
These visits can help support the final stages of
healing and help detect and resolve new problems before
they become serious. Our job is to offer the
very best care and your job is to decide how much of it
Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?
Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the
surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often
causes instability above or below the involved level.
These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
Can patients with
osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
course. When developing a care plan, we consider 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.
Do I Need a Referral to Visit a Chiropractor?
Absolutely not Doctors of Chiropractic are
primary health care providers, meaning you do not need a
referral. If yours is not a Chiropractic case, a
responsible Chiropractor will refer you to the
appropriate health care provider.
Will My Insurance Cover Chiropractic Care?
Insurance coverage varies for chiropractic
care. However, most have a limit on what they will
pay, and do not pay for full corrective care programs.
In our office, we do not base your care plan on your
availability of insurance, but offer you a number of
payment options to best suit your budget. Find out how
we make chiropractic care affordable for just about