Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Subluxation?
A subluxation is when one or more of your spinal bones moves out of place, which can compress the nerves that run through that particular area. These compressed nerves often become inflamed and impede the proper transmission of impulses to the section of the body controlled by these nerves. A seemingly endless list of ailments and pain may be brought about by these subluxations.
After a complete analysis, the chiropractor is ready to deliver any necessary adjustments. The adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. It is the goal of your chiropractor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.
What is the popping sound during the adjustment?
During a specific adjustment, your spine undergoes quick, gentle stretching of the spinal joint, and you may hear a noise. This is caused by small pockets of air being released from the fluid that surrounds your joints. When joint tissues are stretched during a chiropractic adjustment, the pockets of air “pop,” which creates that sound you hear. Sometimes you may not hear a noise, but that just means there were no pockets of air around the joints and it does not indicate the effectiveness of an adjustment.
How do you know where to adjust?
We have been fortunate to care for thousands of patients, each with their own body type and health challenges. With that experience, we are able to use many different types of “indicators” when determining where to adjust each practice member, and to do it effectively and efficiently. For example, we use our hands to detect subtle changes in spinal muscle tension, inflammation, tension or tone of the joints, and restricted motion or misalignment of the joints, and are constantly visually observing patients for changes in posture, unusual walking patterns, head tilt or rotation, along with many other visual indicators. We are also blessed to have state-of-the-art technology in the office, which allows us to locate, with pin-point accuracy exactly where any interference is in the nervous system, and our digital x-rays help us confirm what we are feeling with our hands and observing with our eyes.
What can I expect after my adjustment?
Throughout the day, your body will be processing your adjustment. Most patients feel very relaxed initially and may even need to take a nap, while some feel a surge of energy, and others don’t feel an immediate change. Some patients experience some soreness after their adjustment, but this is all part of the healing process. Make sure to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out the toxins being released by your body. This will help to facilitate the recovery process.
When will I see results?
Every individual heals at a different rate. The problem that brought you in developed over a period of time, and healing will also take time. How quickly you feel better depends on how severe your issue is, how long it has been in place, as well as your overall state of health. The initial phase of correction can be similar to a roller coaster ride, sometimes you’ll feel better and sometimes you’ll feel worse. Typically, we do see noticeable improvement within the first 4-8 weeks of care.
When do I need to come back?
We have found that more frequent visits at the start of care is the most effective way to change the pattern your body has developed. As your muscles, ligaments and tendons heal, the bones tend to stay in proper position and we will need to see you less.
What happens after my corrective care plan is over?
Just like getting a retainer on your teeth after your braces have come off, the correction of your spine might require regular maintenance checks! Most practice members choose to continue their chiropractic care into progressive care to continue to move forward with their family’s health. Remember, health does not end and your health does not have a ceiling!
How much education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
Doctors of Chiropractic attend rigorous schooling. After undergraduate studies, chiropractic students move on to further specialize in subluxation detection, chiropractic education, and chiropractic adjusting skills. While medical students concentrate on diagnosis, drug prescription, and surgery, chiropractic students concentrate on locating and correcting vertebral subluxations and recognizing how they can damage the body’s health.
Once accepted to Chiropractic College, Chiropractors have a 5-year program that can be completed in 3 1/2 years of very intensive studies. A Doctor of Chiropractic must pass 4 National Board Examinations, and then must pass governmental or professional licensing boards prior to licensure. Chiropractors must continue their education regularly for license renewal and to remain current on the latest research.