What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of healthcare that in surgery and drug free. It is often sought out by patients that are looking for options that are complementary/alternative healthcare for acute and chronic conditions. They focus primarily on the joints and soft tissue structures of the body, with an emphasis on the spine. The spine, along with the skull, houses the nervous system which is vital to all other functions of the body.


What are chiropractors looking for?

The major thing a chiropractor looks for is a subluxation. A subluxation is when two joints are not functioning properly. This may result in a decrease in regional range of motion, tenderness to the touch, swelling, redness, or pain. There also may be no symptoms at all. This may be because of all the nerves in the body, only 15% have the function to control and detect pain. The rest are all related to function.


How are subluxations fixed?

Chiropractors fix subluxations by what they call an adjustment. An adjustment is a small, specific force that is introduced into a specific joint that will restore normal biomechanics. Through an adjustment the body is better able to function in its most optimal state, along with heal in any way necessary.


Does it hurt?

The most common side effect is the area may be a little sore later that day. A few minutes of ice or rest is usually the best situation.


Can I see my other doctors at the same time I see a chiropractors?

Doctors of chiropractic work in tandem with other healthcare professionals. If your condition requires attention from another branch of the healthcare profession, that recommendation or referral will be made.


What kind of conditions do chiropractor treat?

While you may first visit a chiropractor to relieve pain in the lower back or to treat sciatica, neck pain, whiplash or headache, you will find that a chiropractor views you as a whole person and not the sum of your parts. A chiropractor will work in partnership with you to ensure your optimal health and wellness.


What will my first visit be like?

When you visit the office, you will undergo an evaluation with includes a consultation, case history, physical exam, and X-ray examination (if necessary). You will also receive a careful structural examination, which will pay particular attention to the spine.

 
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