It has been said that a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest. Whether at rest or in motion, your lifestyle choices impact the health and function of your joints. Chiropractic provides a safe, natural and drug-free option to locate, correct and prevent joint dysfunctions, thereby playing a vital role in keeping your body balanced, flexible and functioning at its best.
Whether you are a crossfit rockstar, rec league warrior, runner, golfer or yogi, your spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable your body to move, twist and bend during activities. It also helps protect the delicate central nervous system that controls and coordinates every muscle, tissue and organ of the body. Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, can negatively effect proper nerve communication from the brain to the body–often resulting in pain and discomfort.
It can also help with:
Elite athletes of past and present, like Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Tom Brady and Jordan Spieth, choose chiropractic to give them a competitive edge. Experts estimate that 90%1 of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and improve their performance.
Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game. - Tom Brady
New England Patriots QB, 5x Super Bowl Champion
Q: Are all patients given the same type care?
A: In actuality, there are three stages of chiropractic care:
If you are experiencing aches, pains and or decreased range of motion, our licensed chiropractors will work to identify the source of the issue and eliminate joint restrictions, also known as subluxations. Subluxations can get in the way of proper nerve communication from the brain to the body–often resulting in pain and discomfort.
While seeking relief, your doctor may recommend multiple visits per week, for two to four weeks, or until the pain is reduced. Your doctor will likely also recommend home therapies such as icing and/or stretching at home.
Just because pain and discomfort begin to subside doesn’t mean you should stop receiving care. Muscle and other soft tissue damage may still be present even though the symptoms of pain are gone. Recovery care works to support the body’s ability to heal itself by maintaining proper communication throughout the entire body.
During recovery, your doctor may recommend visiting one to two times per week as well as performing strengthening exercises at home.
You’ve heard the phrase “no pain, no gain,” right? Well, chiropractic is a little different. Even when you are not experiencing pain or discomfort, you can gain from routine care. While routine chiropractic can help improve health and well-being; it can also serve as an early detection system for new problems.
Once you’ve found relief and have fully recovered, your doctor will typically recommend maintenance visits along with a balanced diet and exercise regimen.
Q: Can chiropractic improve my athletic performance?
A: There is a reason why elite athletes, like Michael Phelps, Tom Brady and Rory Mcilroy, are under regular chiropractic care. Studies have shown that it:
Studies have even shown, objectively and subjectively, that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,”, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.
Q: Does Chiropractic Care Hurt and is it Safe?
A: Chiropractic is the largest, non-invasive, drugless and safest forms of health care available. Statistically, patient risk is substantially lower when receiving chiropractic care as opposed to medical care, where the use of prescription drugs and surgery pose a greater risk. Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment.
Q: Will I be sore following a chiropractic adjustment?
A: Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort to promote healing.
Q: Can proper shoes or orthotics (shoe inserts) help me avoid low back pain while working out?
A: Yes. The shoes you wear during physical activity will be a major determining factor in the stabilization the spine and joints of your body. Although there is not a “one-size” fits all recommendation on the type of shoe you should be wearing, you do want to make sure that support is optimal.
Q: If I go to a chiropractor, will I have to keep going back for the rest of my life?
A: The answer to this question depends on your presenting condition and overall goals. Some patients may choose only to seek relief when pain or symptoms occur whereas others desire a more preventative approach to their health. Just as regular visits to the dentist are necessary for good dental hygiene, routine visits to a Doctor of Chiropractic for proper spinal function and health maintenance are also important.
Q: If I am under chiropractic care, will I still need to take my pain medication?
A: Only the health care provider that placed you on the medication can legally and safely alter the dosage. Many patients under regular chiropractic care have reported a positive change in their symptoms and less medication (prescriptions) and over-the-counter (OTC) drug use.