ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS PATIENTS ASK ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC.
Q: HOW DO YOU GET SUBLUXATIONS?
A: There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxations. Chemical cuases could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE SUBLUXATION?
A: You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.
Q: CAN SUBLUXATIONS CLEAR UP ON THEIR OWN?
A: Sometimes. Today's hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don't resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor!
Q: WHAT'S AN ADJUSTMENT?
A: Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren't moving right. some methods use the doctor's hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.
Q: ARE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT SAFE?
A: Highly unlikely. A chiropractic adjustment is special. It has the right amount of energy, delivered to an exact spot, at a precise angle, at just the right time. The intent is to get "stuck" spinal joint moving again, helping to reduce nerve interference. Years of training, practice and experience make chiropractic adjustments specific and safe.
Q: WILL ADJUSTMENTS MAKE MY SPINE TOO LOOSE?
A: NO. Only the spinal joints that are "locked up" receive adjustments. This follows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
Q: ARE ALL PATIENTS ADJUSTED THE SAME WAY?
A: NO. Each patient's spine and care plan is unique. With 24 moving bones in the spine, each of which can move in seven different directions, we see a wide variety of spinal patterns. Each patient's care is custom-tailored for his or her age, condition and health goals.
Q: HOW MANY ADJUSTMENTS WILL I NEED?
A: The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his or her individual health goals. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilizes. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
Q: WHY DO NEWBORNS GET ADJUSTMENTS?
A: Even today's "natural childbirth methods can affect an infant's spine. Preliminary studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are gentle.
Q: CAN I HAVE CHIROPRACTIC CARE AFTER BACK SURGERY?
A: Yes! Rest assured that your chiropractic doctor will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These areas will be focus of your chiropractic care.
Q: CAN PATIENTS WITH OSTEOPOROSIS GET CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
A: Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractic doctor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.
Q: HOW LONG UNTIL I'LL FEEL BETTER?
A: Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in otherwise good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctors' recommendations.
Q: HOW LONG WILL I NEED CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
A: After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These patients show up for their visits feeling great. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
Q: WILL I RECEIVE ANY MEDICATION FOR ANY PAIN?
A: No. Chiropractic doctors don't dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, we can show you how to use ice to control painful symptoms. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without side effects of pain medications.
Q: WHY DON'T MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS AND CHIROPRACTIC DOCTORS GET ALONG?
A: That's changing. Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the benefits of chiropractic care. Attitudes are slow to change. However, as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery, more and more medical practitioners are referring their patients to our office.
Q: WHAT IF MY POLICY DOESN'T COVER CHIROPRACTIC?
A: 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's convenient when a insurance company or third party help pay the bill. But be careful! Don't allow the profit motive of a huge corporation to make the decision for you. Find out how we make chiropractic care affordable for just about anyone.
Q: WILL I EVER BE NORMAL AGAIN?
A: Patient results vary. Many report improved spinal curves and the total resumption of their normal lifestyles. Those who neglected or delayed seeking care often see slower progress. After improvement, many patients discover that periodic chiropractic check ups can help avoid relapse.
Q: WHAT IF CHIROPRACTIC DOESN'T WORK?
A: If we're unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer you to other specialists who may be able to help. Your health is our primary goal.
If you have questions we haven't answered here, please call us at 306.236.6633. We know that the more you learn about chiropractic, the more confidence you'll have that it will work for you. It's safe. It's natural. And it works. It's a simple idea that has stood the test of time and helped millions enjoy relief and better health.
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