Q: What is a subluxation?
A: When one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves. Think of a garden hose when you bend it. Water will still come out but not at 100%. The goal is to return to 100%.
Q: Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
A: Yes. There are, however, in rare cases where chiropractic treatment is not suitable. This will be determined during the examination process.
Q: Does an adjustment hurt?
A: No. A vast majority of patients say there is a feeling of relief. A chiropractor’s focus is to deliver a low pressure, high velocity thrust to correct spinal misalignments (subluxations).
Q: Can I adjust myself?
A: No. Some people like to give bear hugs to each other to hear the spine “pop.” This however, is not an adjustment. It’s no different than cracking your knuckles. An adjustment is a specific technique that takes years to learn. A chiropractor must also see a chiropractor to get adjusted.
Q: How long do I have to come to the chiropractor?
A: The number of adjustments depends on the health goals of the patient as well as the severity of each case. Understand that most cases don’t just happen overnight and therefore cannot be corrected with one visit. They take time to manifest themselves as pain and as a result take time to reverse. There isn’t a doctor out there that just wants to see you once in your lifetime. Repeated visits to your chiropractor will help keep your body at optimum level.
Q: Will chiropractic make my spine loose?
A: No. A chiropractor will only target spine segments that are “fixed or locked up,” thus returning them to their normal motion.
Q: Isn’t some pain normal?
A: No. Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. Pain is the “last to show and first to go,” when it comes to subluxations. However, since most of us can adapt to minor aches and pains, we will shrug off most cases. While the pain may go away on its own, the underlying problem is still present and getting worse, making it more difficult and more expensive to treat.