Sitting or standing for an extended period of time can cause stress to your lower extremities and spine. This stress may cause back pain and discomfort from restricted joints otherwise known as subluxations or joint dysfunctions. These joint dysfunctions can cause improper joint motion and decreased nerve flow to the organs, tissues and cells of the body. A healthy spine is essential to limit and help prevent discomfort and pain.
Your spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae allowing your body to move, twist and bend through everyday motion. It also helps protect the delicate central nervous system that controls and coordinates every organ, tissue and cell of the body. Chiropractors apply a gentle, targeted movement where and when indicated to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. This is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.
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: I “pop” my own neck so why would I need to go to a chiropractor?
A: You should not try to forcefully manipulate your spine. Chiropractors are highly trained to adjust the spine in a very specific manner, location and direction. As a result, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately.
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: What is a joint dysfunction/subluxation in chiropractic terminology?
A: The terms joint dysfunction, subluxation or spinal misalignment are often used interchangeably. Regardless of the term used when a joint in the spine or extremities is restricted, it creates a lack of motion that, in turn, creates a dysfunction of the joint itself. This joint dysfunction can adversely affect the nervous system and your ability to perform normal daily activities.
Q: Can proper shoes or orthotics (shoe inserts) help my back and neck pain?
A: Yes. The shoes you wear and the type of foundation you stand on daily will be a major determining factor in the stabilization of the spine and joints of your body.
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 proactive/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 resulting medications under the professional advisement of the prescribing physician.
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