Many times patients come to our office without having any experience being treated by a chiropractor. The following are some questions we find many people have before, during and after the conclusion of their treatment. The details below are intended as general information, and we ask that you remember each patient is unique. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us any time to discuss them with respect to your specific situation.
It depends on the severity of the case. The adjustment itself rarely, if ever, should cause pain or discomfort, although, it is not uncommon to experience an increase in tenderness or change in pain patterns in the days following initial adjustments. These occurrences typically happen when there is inflammation surrounding the affected area, most likely following an acute or sub-acute minor trauma.
Again, this depends on the severity of the case and varies between patients. I’ve found that after specific complaints are resolved, and there is no history of significant trauma, most people can maintain their relief and prevent further damage with bi-weekly adjustments. I personally have a history of significant musculoskeletal trauma involving my lower cervical and lumbosacral spine, and am able to maintain an active lifestyle receiving regular adjustments at a frequency of 1-2 times a week.
This also depends on the severity of the case and varies from patient to patient. Some patients may get instant relief and others may not feel the benefits for many visits. Stress levels, diet, and activity level play a major role in this as well.
We typically require x-rays when there is a history of significant trauma or chronicity, an abnormal variant is suspected, or there is a potential that treatment would disturb a neoplastic process.
I’m a recent graduate, August 2013, and have been licensed this January 2014. I have been training in the science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic for over three and half years. I’ve had a year of experience in a chiropractic and rehab facility where I performed thorough examinations, wrote reasonable and appropriate treatment plans, took x-rays followed by detailed reports, and performed several forms of neuromusculoskeletal treatments on several hundred patients, including but not limited to the chiropractic adjustment.
Although this is normal and represents the escape gaseous by-products from the joint capsule of fixated or ‘subluxated’ joints, it doesn’t always happen and shouldn’t be expected after every adjustment.
Stretch and strengthen often, but leave adjustments to a professional. The reason spinal “self-adjustments” are highly discouraged is that there is a high probability that one can encourage hyper-mobility to vertebral segments above or below. Doing this often can lead early spinal degeneration.
I do not recommend it, as I have been the clean up for many “friendly” adjustments. As chiropractors, we are educated and trained in the normal biomechanics of the body. Therefore, our adjustments are clinically pointed to a correction of biomechanics and function, and carry the likelihood of being therapeutic.
Absolutely, I’ve assisted many people with extremity issues and had great success.
A pointed diagnosis and appropriate chiropractic approach can, in most cases, decrease the frequency and duration of migraines and headaches.
We attend a chiropractic equivalent to medical school. Though we differ in our approach and philosophy, our early academic studies are almost identical to that of medical doctors. We are also very much focused on disease prevention as opposed to the intervention of pathology and serious trauma.
An activator is an instrument that can produce a controlled low force and high velocity impulse onto a specific boney landmark mimicking a manual spinal adjustment, but typically without producing a cavitation or “pop”. We may use an activator from time to time when a patient has extreme hyper or hypo-mobility and a traditional adjustment wouldn’t be appropriate.
Once you feel what it is like to be aligned and functioning optimally, you’ll find what works best for you. Of course, the frequency you choose will depend on the stressors that counteract alignment and function, i.e.: diet, lifestyle, work environment, home life, etc.
Sciatica is a well known nerve issue that can be caused by misalignments of the lumbar vertebra and/or sacrum, or even a bulging disc. If you have experienced this for an extended period of time, it may take many treatments in a short period of time before your condition can be stabilized. After that, it would be prudent to receive chiropractic care regularly to maintain proper movement and nerve function.
Chiropractors are neuromusculoskeletal specialists. We treat subluxations affecting the function and movement of the vertebral column (spine) and extremities (arms and legs). A chiropractic adjustment can have far reaching effects on the mind and body, as it can improve nerve and blood flow to organs, muscles, joints, and bones.
Pain is a poor indicator of health and function. It’s typically the last symptom to show up and the first to leave. It’s my recommendation that we first stabilize your condition and then progress to a maintenance plan to prevent future occurrences.
A typical healthy adult can benefit from 2-3 chiropractic adjustments a month. These benefits can include: improved sleep, increase in immune response, improved biomechanics and posture, increased gastrointestinal function, and can even influence the reproductive system amongst many other things.