What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of healing arts based on the understanding that
good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system
(especially the spine and nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the
body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning
"effective treatment by hand". Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause
of many disease processes begin with the bodies inability to adapt to it's
environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and
chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body
that is functioning improperly.
What conditions benefit from Chiropractic care?
Although Chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve low back pain,
studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions such as
migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome,
fibromyalgia, and infantile colic.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may
experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment that lasts
only a few seconds.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk
factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one.
What's that noise?
A joint contains fluid that helps keep it healthy and lubricated (like oil for
the joint). This "synovial fluid" contains gas (like carbonation in soft drinks).
When a Chiropractor performs and adjustment you may hear a noise
(called an "audible release"). The audible release, or "crack" is the
release of gas in the joint much like when you open a can of soda.
What kind of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular
diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of Chiropractic is
concentrated on three areas of learning: basic training in the biological
and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical
and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline
(theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis, and applications); and extensive
Have any studies been published showing the effectiveness of
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of Chiropractic in
relieving back pain. More recent studies have shown Chiropractic to be
effective in treating infantile colic and migraine headaches.
What are subluxations?
Vertebral subluxations are displacements of the spinal bones (vertebrae)
that can cause stress to your spinal cord and nervous system. Subluxations
may be caused by poor sleeping habits, poor posture, strenuous exercise,
injuries, auto accidents, sports, slips or falls, and in some cases the birthing
Once you see a Chiropractor, do you have to go for the rest
of your life?
NO. The extent to which you choose to benefit from your Chiropractic
care is ultimately up to you. Each and every one of us is solely responsible
for the quality of our health and well being. However, we do strongly urge
all practice patients to consider lifetime wellness Chiropractic care. This
is where the long-term, lasting benefits of care are enjoyed. Regular
exercise and healthy eating habits are a lifestyle decision and so is lifetime
wellness Chiropractic care. You need to remain subluxation free for life.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first thing Dr. Dawn will ask you about are the health complaints you
are concerned about. She will also ask about your family history, dietary
habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic,
medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine
the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with Dr. Dawn's
clinical judgement, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other
diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis
will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be
affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important
components of your total health profile, and vital to Dr. Dawn in evaluating
How long will it take?
Chiropractic results vary. Some patients get results quickly. Others find their
recovery takes several months or longer. Children often respond quickly,
while adults with long-standing spinal problems heal more slowly.
There are three stages of Chiropractic care. Periodic progressive exams
help determine the course of your care. Once you understand true health,
you may want some type of ongoing Chiropractic care. Like brushing your
teeth, eating wholesome foods, and other healthy habits, a regular
Chiropractic checkup makes sense. How long you decide to benefit from
Chiropractic care is always up to you.
INITIAL INTENSIVE CARE This is where most patients begin their
Chiropractic care. Visits can be frequent, depending upon the severity
of your condition. The primary focus is to reduce or eliminate your
most obvious symptoms.
REHABILITATIVE CARE With your ache or pain diminished, the
objective is to stabilize spinal function and promote a more complete
healing. Muscles and soft tissues of the spine are strengthened
during this state of care, helping to avoid a relapse.
MAINTENANCE CARE With the maximum restoration of spinal
function, many patients enjoy regular Chiropractic "check-ups".This
type of preventative, wellness care can save time and money by
helping to prevent little problems from becoming serious.
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