works because your body is a self-healing,
self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous
system. Millions of instructions flow from your
brain down the spinal cord to every tissue. Signals
sent back to the brain confirm if your body is
working properly. Improper motion or position of the
joints, called a subluxation, can interfere with
this informational exchange by irritating nerves and
compromising whole-body function. Specific
chiropractic adjustments can help improve mind-body
communication. Health often returns with improved
nervous system control.
How do you get Subluxations?
There are three causes of subluxations: physical,
emotional, and chemical. Physical causes include
falls, accidents, and repetitive motion. Emotions
such as anxiety, anger, fear, and stress can cause
subluxations. Alcohol, drugs (prescription and
illicit), pollution, and poor dietary choices are
How do I know if I
have a Subluxation?
You can have subluxation and not even know it. Like
the early stages of tooth decay and cancer,
subluxations can be present before warning signs
appear. A thorough chiropractic examination can show
the location and severity of subluxations throughout
What's an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments add motion to spinal joints
that are not moving properly. The methods that we
use to correct subluxations range from using the
doctors hands to adjust, using a special table, an
instrument, or the force of gravity. Quite often we
tailor or treatments to incorporate a number of
techniques to best treat each patient individually.
Will the adjustments make my
spine too loose?
No. Only the spinal joints that are "stuck" receive
adjustments. This allows weakened muscle and
ligaments to stabilize and heal.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Some patients can make their joints "pop", but
that's not an adjustment. Damage can occur by
mobilizing a loose joint repetitively, which
prevents injured ligaments and muscles from healing.
Making your neck or back "pop" without a specific
chiropractic force, allows injured ligaments to more
lax. As this process is repeated, the body is unable
to hold the joints in proper alignment.
Yes. A New Zealand government study found that
adjustments are "remarkably safe". By avoiding
drugs, and higher risk surgeries, chiropractic care
enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam
can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic
care may be unsuitable. Compare the statistics.
Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an
over the counter pain reliever.
Can I have Chiropractic care after my
Yes. Chiropractic doctors will avoid the surgically
modified area of your spine. Surgery often causes
instability in the joints above and/or below the
involved area. These joints will be the focus of
your chiropractic care.
Can patient's with
Osteoporosis get care?
Yes. When developing a treatment plan, we take into
consideration the unique circumstances of each
patient. Because there are many ways to adjust you,
we will select the method that is best suited for
your age, size, and condition(s).
How long will I need
Each patient's scenario is different, depending on
the length, severity, and number of conditions. You
are treated as a whole and it is our job to ensure
that your entire body is functioning properly. After
your initial phase of care is completed, we may
recommend an infrequent course of care to detect and
resolve problems before they begin to impact your
health and lifestyle.
What if my policy
doesn't cover Chiropractic?
Your health affects everything you do, and everyone
you know. It is your most valuable possession. Yet,
each of us is free to place a different value on our
health. It is convenient when an insurance company
or third party helps pay the bill. But be careful!
Do not allow the profit motive of a huge corporation
make the decision for you. Find out how we make
chiropractic care affordable for everyone.
How do I know if I should see a
We treat a variety of conditions, not just low back
pain and headaches. With a thorough exam, we can
identify the root causes of your condition(s). If we
conclude that you would be better treated by a
different health professional, we will refer you in
a timely manner.
MYTH - Chiropractors are not
Today’s chiropractors have 2,419 basic science class
hours and the general medical practitioners have
2,047 hours. The total amounts of credits actually
show that chiropractors have more basic science
education in certain spinal biomechanical and
BASIC SCIENCES COMPARISONS
* The class
hours for basic science comparisons were compiled
and averaged following a review of curricula of 18
chiropractic colleges and 22 medical schools, based
on the 1988-89 Association of American Medical
Colleges Curriculum Directory (AAMC), Vickie
Ahari, Editor, and the Chiropractic College
Admissions and Curriculum Directory 1988-89, K.
Magarian and K. McNamee, Editors.
** Pathology includes Geriatrics and Pediatrics
*** Includes EENT and Dermatology
One of the differences between medical doctors and
chiropractors is not in their level of education,
but in their preferred method of caring for people.
Most medical doctors are trained in the use of
medicines (chemicals that affect your internal
biochemistry) and surgery. Consequently, if you have
a chemical problem, such as diabetes,
hypothyroidism, or an infection, medical doctors can
be very helpful. However, if your problem is that
your spine is misaligned or you have soft tissue
damage causing pain, there is no chemical in
existence that can fix it. You need a physical
solution to correct a physical problem. That is
where chiropractic is beneficial. Chiropractors
provide physical solutions -- adjustments,
exercises, stretches, to help the body heal from
conditions that are physical in origin, such as back
pain, muscle spasms, headaches, and poor posture.
Once you see a chiropractor, you must keep going
Millions of people return to a chiropractor, well
after their symptoms have passed, as a matter of
choice. They realize the difference chiropractic has
made in their health and see the value of keeping
their spines healthy for life. Going to a
chiropractor is much like going to the dentist,
exercising at a gym, or eating a healthy diet: As
long as you keep it up, you continue to enjoy the
benefits. For example, do you think that healthy
teeth can be maintained for a lifetime with sporadic
dentist visits? Just as teeth battle plaque
regularly, our spinal tissues undergo daily
bombardment of stresses originating from bad
postural habits, suboptimal work environments,
psychological stress, chemical stress and hectic
lifestyles. Regular care is optional, but also
MYTH - Medical doctors don't like chiropractors
There was once a time when the American Medical
Association was opposed to the chiropractic
profession. In the late 1980s, the Wilk’s case in
the Supreme Court of Illinois found that the
American Medical Association, the American College
of Surgeons, and The American College of Radiology
were guilty of having conspired to destroy the
profession of chiropractic in the United States.
Since then, evidence in the Wilk’s case and
scientific studies have implied that chiropractic
care was and is effective in relieving many painful
condition of the neck and back. The opinion of most
medical doctors has changed due to positive
scientific literature, experiences working with
chiropractors, and seeing the positive effects
chiropractic has on many people. Today, many
chiropractors are on staff at hospitals, medical
clinics, professional sports teams and in the
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