Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Chiropractic care.
Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound (it depends on the type of adjusting technique being used). The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
From the desk of Eugene Chiropractor Gregg Gittins: “Chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative powers of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.” Your nervous system controls every cell of your body. Nerve impulses flow from the brain, down the spinal cord, and to every organ and tissue. Impulses sent back to the brain confirm that the body is working as it should. When your nervous system doesn’t function right, neither will you. Poor spinal alignment and/or mobility can interfere with this exchange of information by irritating adjacent nerves. The result of irritated nerves is degraded or distorted messages to and from your brain. Chiropractic care helps restore the integrity of the nervous system by reducing interference caused by poor spinal alignment and/or mobility. Chiropractic care is safe at all ages, Lane County would be better off if everyone took a little time to be checked periodically for proper spinal health.
Chiropractic works by restoring your body’s inherent ability to be healthy. When your body is under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach will give you better health by creating proper balance and function throughout the body; improved spinal function means improved nervous system function. The goal of a Chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health by using effective, gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments that will allow your body to heal itself.
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. An adjustment is a specifically directed force, normally by hand designed to ‘unlock’ the subluxated vertebrae to return normal motion and alignment to the spine. There are a variety of different methods used in Chiropractic to analyze and adjust the spine. Our doctors at Back2Strength will always choose the most effective technique for a person as they take into consideration the physical build of the patient, the age or any other health matters. Additionally, our doctors will make sure the adjustment is as comfortable as possible.
No, our team of doctors at Back2Strength evaluate each patient’s unique spinal problem and develop an individual course of care. This careful approach ensures that each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. Our resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.
A Vertebral Subluxation or Spinal fixation is the improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine that creates nerve irritation or interference. When a vertebra doesn’t function properly, it can also cause mechanical stress which accelerates wear and tear on surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs and joints. Pain, tenderness, inflammation, decreased mobility and muscle spasms can soon follow. Because of the direct relationship between the spine and nerve roots, vertebral subluxations can impair nerve function and lead to decreases in the communication within the body’s nervous system. This process can eventually jeopardizes the overall health and wellness of the individual. Could I Have A Subluxation/Spinal Fixation? Because the nervous system innervates (supplies) every organ and tissue within your body, interference and distortion of this vital communication has far-reaching consequences. Some of the more common consequences include:
- Neck, mid or lower back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic muscle fatigue and tension
- Numbness or tingling
No. But chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety of health problems not necessarily considered “back” problems because of how it improves the nerve system function. With a normal nerve supply, the body’s natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health problems. Please discuss this with your physician.
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not a ‘do-it-yourself’ job. Our team of experienced doctors at Back2Strength have the years of education and training to help you improve your overall health with the powerful methods of chiropractic care.
No. If it were there would be more healthy people around and chiropractors would not get patients who last saw a chiropractor a few years ago when their back went out. It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is not addictive; but good health is.
Doctors of Chiropractic are well-educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, while medical doctors do not correct Vertebral Subluxations. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor’s education, however, never ends. Doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques. Our doctors at Back2Strength pride themselves in giving each patient a personalized, revolutionary care and treatment plan.
Most people respond fairly quickly to their Chiropractic treatments; within a few weeks, the majority of their acute symptoms (usually pain, or limited mobility) have subsided. But, because soft tissues take longer to heal, your progress is not necessarily indicated by how you feel. After the acute phase of injury is when the real work begins, and it depends on you! Your body has adapted over time to the soft tissue (muscle, tendon, and ligament) damage caused by uncorrected improper spinal function. Corrective care will involve chiropractic adjustments, as well as stretches and exercises aimed at retraining your soft tissues, breaking them of faulty patterns. Without corrective and continued chiropractic care, these soft tissues are predisposed to resuming unhealthy patterns, potentially leading to significant injury relapse. Wouldn’t you want to keep the good spinal alignment you worked so hard to achieve? Continuing with wellness, chiropractic care encourages more complete healing, which helps to ensure a lasting recovery.