WHAT IS A SPINAL ADJUSTMENT?
A spinal adjustment is one of the most important features in the process of spinal correction. The doctor of chiropractic applies specific targeted movements that promote the optimal function of the nervous system and improve the strength of the spinal joints. They can be performed with the doctor’s hands, a special chiropractic table or special instruments. For the typical patient, a spinal adjustment does not hurt. Each and every spinal adjustment that we employ is safe and effective.
Are all patients’ spines corrected the same way?
No. Spinal correction processes are determined by the condition of your spine, specifically.
Each patient is an individual case, evaluated and given recommendations for his/her age, size and health goals. Our clinic’s extensive evaluation process ensures that we fully recognize and understand your condition, limitations and goals prior to developing your patient-specific careplan.
How should I feel after an adjustment?
The vast majority of patients (80-plus percent) feel significantly better after one adjustment. The other 20 percent feel about the same or experience a little bit of soreness. If such soreness occurs, it’s typically due to the lack of movement, tight muscles or advanced nerve involvement in the area of your spine requiring correction.
The spinal correction process will physically move the vertebrae and affect the surrounding muscle tissue, which could cause short-term soreness in a small percentage of patients.
Can children or the elderly visit the chiropractor?
Of course! Chiropractic is safe for developing bones and aging bones alike. To maintain and prevent conditions from occurring, it is recommended to receive chiropractic care throughout life. If the condition has already developed, specific spinal correction techniques can be utilized to prevent further deterioration and/or reverse chronic, long-term health conditions naturally.
Is it bad to ‘pop’ or ‘crack’ your neck and back?
The ability to pop and crack is a sign that your spine is weak, unstable and at risk for developing additional health conditions over time. Specific spinal adjustments and the process of spinal correction will strengthen and stabilize spinal segments, preventing spinal deterioration.
If I have osteoporosis or have had back surgery, can chiropractic help me?
Yes, it certainly can.
We have special instruments and a variety of techniques we can use to treat sensitive conditions like osteoporosis.
Our specific evaluations help determine how we can best help you, regardless of condition.
Often, when people have a significant single area of concern in their backs, they they tend to forget the importance of maintaining the health of the rest of their spine.
Surgeries commonly add stress and promote nearby tissue deterioration that should be managed proactively. One of the most common reasons for additional surgeries is mismanagement or non-management of the effects of the first surgery. We can help treat the segments of your spine surrounding the surgically treated area, so it stays strong from top to bottom.
Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Insurance coverage varies for chiropractic care. Each plan is slightly different—based on the policy as well as your health condition. However, most have a limit on what they will pay, and do not pay for full corrective care programs.
We strive to make care affordable for you and your entire family with or without insurance In our office, we do not base your care plan on your availability of insurance, but offer you a number of payment options to best suit your budget.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes, they are very safe.
There are thousands of published studies proving chiropractic’s safety and effectiveness. Our specialized evaluation and treatment techniques provide optimal results without dangerous invasive procedures or highly addictive drugs.
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