Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care
When it comes to chiropractic care, people often have unanswered questions, as many of us have never been under the care of a Doctor of Chiropractic (or a DC) and, therefore, do not know what we can expect. Below are a few frequently asked questions regarding chiropractic care, along with answers that can help you to better understand how it could potentially boost your overall health, both in the short and long term:
Question #1: Is it possible for me to adjust myself between chiropractic visits?
Here's a good tip to keep in mind at all times: chiropractic adjustments are not for amateurs! Although certain movements or positions may cause your back to "crack" (otherwise known as the popping noise that you hear during some adjustments), spinal manipulation is a very specialized technique, for which Doctors of Chiropractic work very hard to perfect. In fact, at-home adjusments may be totally counterproductive and could potentially lead to injury. So instead of letting your husbad/wife/teenager/cousin/friend walk on your back, leave the adjusting to a professional!
Question #2: How can I help to speed up the healing process after an injury?
After you injure yourself, it is important to get in to see a Doctor of Chiropractic as soon as possible. After something like a car accident, the effects may not be felt until more than a week later and, by that time, you may have internal scarring that is diffiult to remedy. Even if you aren't necessarily in pain, getting into you chiropractor's office within a couple of days post-injury can help to speed up the healing process and lessen the amount pf pain that you may eventually feel. Furthermore, by taking good care of yourself between chiropractic visits (i.e. eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, participating in approved exercises, and getting appropriate amounts of rest), you will help to speed up your own recovery process.
Question #3: Are chiropractic adjustments similar to massages?
No. While massage generally concentrates on muscle tension and improving circulation throughout the body, chiropractic adjustments concentrate on the nervous system, the spinal column, and overall body structure. However, many chiropractic offices do offer massage therapy, as well.
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