When will I feel better?
Most people feel some improvement after the first treatment.
How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure performed by a skilled doctor of chiropractic. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands — or an instrument — to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Will treatment hurt?
Traditional adjustments usually don’t hurt. Trigger point treatment can hurt, but can also feel good at the same time, because it “finds” the pain.
Some people experience discomfort after the first one or two treatments. These “day after” effects can include a general feeling of tiredness or muscle soreness, similar to that experienced after unaccustomed exercise.
How many treatments will I need? And how often?
A typical range is from 3 to 12. Along with treatment we usually show you exercises. Doing these can reduce the amount of treatment you need.
In many cases, we start out at twice per week to get rid of the worst of the pain, extending the intervals as you get better.
Once I start chiropractic care, will I become dependent on it?
No. Most problems resolve completely through a course of treatment and the patient no longer needs to come in, at least until another mishap. If we cannot resolve the problem, we’ll help you find someone who can.
If a resolved problem keeps coming back, it could be from activities you do frequently at home, work, or recreation. We can help you figure out how to do these activities differently and thereby decrease the likelihood of recurrence.
Some people have multiple or long-standing injuries that have changed their body’s architecture, leaving easily aggravated weaknesses. People with these types of conditions can benefit from occasional chiropractic intervention. The right exercises are especially helpful in these instances and can minimize recurrences.
Do you recommend maintenance care, and how often?
Absolutely. Chiropractors can often pick up on trouble before it’s symptomatic. People usually enjoy seeing chiropractors for maintenance care because they feel healthier and better.
The recommended maintenance interval varies per person. If you’re sensitive to your body’s signals, you can simply call when things aren’t right. But if you’re a tough guy, it can be helpful to schedule treatments at regular intervals, perhaps once per quarter or once per month.
Are there risks of treatment?
Yes. Like any bodywork, we are doing physical intervention. Although unusual, some undesirable effects are possible. We will do our best to minimize these effects and be sensitive to what you need. These are some of the possibilities:
- We could, just like any other health provider and in spite of a careful evaluation, miss an underlying disease.
- We could “rile up” an injury or area of inflammation. We do our best to avoid this, but if it happens, we will do our best to settle it down again.
- We could temporarily throw off your body’s balance. When your body has problems, it develops other problems to compensate. We may not catch them all at first, and you could experience discomfort from that, usually in a different spot.
- You could be sore or tired after treatment, especially the first or second.
Having said all that, statistics, and our own experience, tell us that chiropractic treatment is very safe. For more information and research, visit the American Chiropractic Association website.
Can chiropractic treatment help children?
Absolutely. Children typically respond quickly to chiropractic care.
Patients often tell us their adult musculoskeletal problems started with a childhood injury. Early chiropractic intervention may prevent painful problems later in life.
Can I get an adjustment while sick?
You should get an adjustment when you’re sick. Chiropractic wasn’t started just to fix backs, but as a complete system of health care.
When you have a mechanical problem in the spine, the irritation can affect the function of areas on that same nerve circuit. This includes changes in blood circulation, nerve output, muscle tone, and tissue health. These changes can compromise the immune system in the region affected. Next time you get a sore throat or clogged sinuses just on one side, ask, “why is this?” The lopsided symptoms can indicate imbalances in your body, and chiropractic treatments are directed toward restoring balance.
We often see these irritated circuits relate to organ dysfunction. We don’t always know whether or not the problem started in the spine or in the organ, but clinical results suggest taking care of the spine helps either way. Depending on the health of the organ, other care may be needed as well.
Medical science recognizes now what chiropractors have been saying for generations: resistance is critical in disease treatment and prevention. An adjustment can help your immune system function better.
Let our office staff know when you are scheduling an appointment while sick. Germs are still germs, and if you’ve been brewing them, we may ask you to come to the office at a time when you’re not likely to spread them to other patients.
Can I receive chiropractic care in areas I’ve had surgery?
Yes, once adequate healing has taken place. Treatments can easily be modified to accommodate surgeries such as fusion or joint replacements.
What makes that popping sound with an adjustment?
While joint noises have a variety of causes, the popping sound with a manual adjustment is due to a sudden drop in pressure in the joint fluid, much like popping a wine cork. It simply indicates quick isolated movement in the joint. It won’t always happen, nor is it necessary for an effective adjustment.
How about treatment during pregnancy?
Highly recommended. Chiropractic tables are even designed to accommodate pregnant women, allowing you to lie comfortably on your stomach.
It is especially important to take good care of the sacroiliac joints, which soften to accommodate childbirth. Many women report sacroiliac problems later in life that began with a pregnancy. These types of problems are preventable with chiropractic treatments during pregnancy.
What is Naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.
Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year postgraduate schools with rigorous admissions requirements and undergo training similar to medical and osteopathic doctors. ND’s are trained in the following medical sciences: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, psychology, dermatology, and clinical and physical diagnosis. Specialized naturopathic techniques include therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, and counseling.
What is Biotherapeutic Drainage or UNDA numbers?
Homeopathic preparations used to help clear cellular waste and toxins out of the body to encourage physiological equilibrium. They are safe yet powerful in aiding the body in long-lasting restoration of health.
How Do I get started?
Fill out the the New Patient packet (found both at our office or on our website) and drop it off at the clinic. Once your new patient pack is received we will call to schedule your first appointment. If you plan on using your insurance, please check with your plan to ensure coverage.
What can be Treated with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?
According to the whole Health Organization, acupuncture id effective treatment for the following:
- Pain – headaches, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis
- Stress – insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, TMJ
- Respiratory – allergies, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu
- Digestive – constipation, diarrhea, colitis, ulcers, indigestion, nausea
- Cardiovascular – high blood pressure, heart palpitations
- Musculoskeletal – muscle spams, stiff neck, back pain, sciatica, joint pain
- Immune system – chronic fatigue, Rheumatoid arthritis
- Gynecological – PMS, infertility, irregular periods, cramps, menopause, nausea with pregnancy
- Emotional – depression, anxiety
- Neurological – post-stroke sequela, paralysis, Bell’s palsy, shingles
- Cancer – diminishes side affects from chemotherapy and radiation
- Preventative medicine – immune enhancement, relaxation
- Addictions – nicotine, alcohol, drugs
- Surgical support – reduces swelling and inflammation, accelerates healing, boosts the immune system, increases range of motion
What can I expect from my first visit?
An initial consultation, if you have not already had one, to determine the treatment prescription and frequency of treatment. For acute conditions generally more frequent treatments initially are prescribed – as many as 2-3 times per week. For chronic conditions a session once a week for 10 weeks is typical to maximize the cumulative affect of acupuncture, however each prescription is customized to fit each individual’s health goals.
Does it Hurt?
Most patients have stated that there is little or no pain as very fine, sterile, disposable needles are used.
Will Health Insurance cover my treatments?
Some insurance companies do cover acupuncture treatment and a majority of flexible accounting spending plans will cover acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment. It is recommended to call your insurance carrier to verify coverage and discuss options.