Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

Are chiropractors real doctors?

Yes. Chiropractors are doctors similar to other doctors in allied health care professions like optometry, podiatry, dentistry and psychology. Chiropractors have the academic degree of "Doctor of Chiropractic", which is given after an average of 8 years of university.

What does a chiropractor do exactly?

Watch this video which Explains Chiropractic in 90 seconds... Or, if you prefer, read below... To explain what a chiropractor does, we have to back up a little. You see, your nervous system is the master system in your body- controlled by your brain. Your spinal cord is like a major communication highway between your brain and your body.
Your brain is protected by your skull and your spinal cord is protected by your spinal column. When spinal bones move out of alignment they interrupt communication between the brain and the body- otherwise known as nerve flow. This disruption or disconnection is known as subluxation. Often, by the time pain is present, the subluxation has been present for awhile - much like tooth decay develops overtime. Chiropractors find subluxations, perform specific adjustments which in turn facilitates a return of normal nerve flow. In other words they restore the communication between the brain and the body. Some say it's like a power outtage being restored - an adjustment turns your power back on. So, as you can see, going to a chiropractor for just back or neck pain is like going to Starbucks for plain, black coffee.

What's the popping sound?

Snap, crackle, pop! The noise an adjustment can sometimes make is called a cavitation. That sound is just air being released when the joint space is opened ~ not bones being cracked. You will not always hear a cavitation but that doesn't mean the joint has not been mobilized.

Will chiropractic work for me?

Chiropractic is for everyone!
Like the tip of an iceburg, the symptoms you see are really just a glimpse of what is going on at a deeper level. Chiropractors work to find and treat the hidden cause.

Is everyone adjusted the same way?

No. Everyone is unique. Your chiropractor will develop an individual course of care just for you. This may include manual adjusting (with the hands), instrument-supported adjusting (with an activator or Arthostim), utilizing a drop table and more. Don't worry though... your chiropractor will walk you through the process so you know and feel comfortable with the plan.

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Will getting adjusted hurt?

Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed (swollen). If this is the case your chiropractor will alter the treatment. Don’t worry if you hear a clicking or popping noise when one of your joints is being manipulated – this is perfectly normal. Some patients have mild reactions such as temporary aches and pains after their spine or joints have been manipulated, similar to being sore after exercising. It is important that you talk to your chiropractor if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment. This is also important because there are many different techniques that can be used to adjust certain areas.

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