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Why does Chiropractic Work?
As human beings we are equipped to be self-regulating and self-healing. Our nervous system is an amazing pathway that runs through every part of our body. Through it flows both the signals that work our body and those that let us know if our body is working correctly.
The interference of these signals by improper motion or position of bones, which is known as a subluxation, can reduce the ability of our nervous system to function, which in turn can impact the proper function of organs, muscles, our cardiovascular system, and many other parts of our body. By adjusting the position and patterns of movement of these malpositioned bones, chiropractors can relieve specific patient problems and improve how our bodies work overall.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is the incorrect position or movement of one of our bones. Subluxations can be caused by physical injuries like falls, automobile accidents, strenuous exercise, new exercise programs, and repetitive motions. They can also be caused by stress, illness, alcohol, drugs, poor nutrition, and genetic defects.
How do you know if you have a subluxation?
Unfortunately, many people mistake subluxations as normal aches and pains, or a range of other ailments. Many people also have minor subluxations, which produce no obvious symptoms. The only truly effective way to identify a subluxation is to have a through chiropractic examination.
Will a subluxation go away if left untreated?
Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don’t resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor!
What is an adjustment?
The adjustments a chiropractor makes involve quick, focused thrusts that are designed to move bones which have moved into improper positions back into their correct positions. Adjustments are given using many methods depending on the patient and their subluxation. These methods include the doctor’s hands, special instruments, and the combination of gravity and special tables.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No, each patient, and any subluxations they may have, are different. Your chiropractor will evaluate your body type, and the type of subluxations you have, and determine the best method for treating each problem. In fact your chiropractor may use different methods on each of your subluxations depending on how severe they are, and where they are located along your spine.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Merely making your joints “pop” is not an adjustment, and is likely only the movement of hyper-flexible joints surrounding a subluxation. In fact, this continued movement of the hyper-flexible joint may cause damage. Adjustments are focused and take years to master, and once mastered are still virtually impossible to perform on yourself. Your chiropractor even has to consult another chiropractor to be adjusted.
How many adjustments will I need?
It depends on the types of subluxations each patient has and their treatment goals. Many patients feel better within a week or so, following frequent office visits. However, if you want to maintain the proper positioning of your bones more adjustments are usually necessary.
This is because your spine needs time to readjust to the proper positioning and to stabilize. The ideal treatment plan includes frequent visits in the first week or two, followed by a few weeks of single visits, and after that includes maintenance treatments every month or couple of months.
Can I have Chiropractic Care after back surgery?
Yes, but you should fully inform your chiropractor of the extent of this surgery. Your chiropractor will avoid the affected areas, and will be able focus on the areas above and below which are often indirectly affected by surgery.
Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
Absolutely. Your chiropractor will evaluate of your particular health issues and develop a treatment plan targeted at your problems, which will make use of the methods most suited to you.
How long until I’ll feel better?
Maybe after your first adjustment. Many patients sense improvement very early in their treatment, however the time required to get to your ultimate goal (i.e. no pain, full range of motion…etc.) will vary depending on the severity of your subluxation, the length of time you have had it, and your overall health.
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