Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic
What is Chiropractic and How Can it Help Me?
Chiropractic was established in 1895 as a healing art through which the nervous system is enabled or assisted by manual adjustments. It has since undergone rigorous scientific scrutiny to its credit. Chiropractic colleges nationwide have increased their academic standards to match those of medical schools. A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is a Primary Care Physician trained in diagnosing, managing, and administering treatment to their patients. The goal of chiropractic care is to remove obstacles to one’s attainment of optimal health and wellness. Adjustments are targeted at the neuromusculoskeletal system; the nerves, muscles, and bones (joints). Some DC’s may employ the use of physiotherapy treatment modalities such as ice, heat, therapeutic ultrasound, or electrical muscle stimulation. Most importantly, however, is the healing power of the chiropractic adjustment. This is not a mystical phenomenon, but rather the restoration of proper function of joint complexes -- their accompanying nerves, muscles, and connective tissues. With one’s body moving properly activities of daily life literally become therapy.
What Should I Expect from a Chiropractic Visit?
Initial visits will begin with a conversation between you and the doctor regarding your particular condition. He will ask you questions about your current problem and gather information about your health. Based on the information he receives he will conduct a physical examination tailored to your condition so that he will know exactly what can be helped and how to do so. First visits typically last 45 min. to 1 hour depending on the complexity of the case. A report of findings and explanation of your diagnosis will be given to you. Some palliative treatment may be administered. Treatment visits typically last 10-20 minutes and will be as frequent as necessary to help your body regain its optimal wellness.
What are the Healthful Benefits of Being Properly Adjusted?
Strength, balance, energy, mobility, coordination, power, and improved quality of life.