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What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
What Is an adjustment?
Chiropractors are said to perform "adjustments." Adjustments are done by applying a specific force in a certain direction to the body, and the result is a change in the position and motion of spinal bones. Force can be applied with hands only or with a small instrument called an Activator. You may hear a popping noise, resulting from gas and lubricating fluids in the spinal joints shifting. Usually you will receive treatment on a special chiropractic table designed of several parts that can be moved to assist the chiropractor in performing the adjustment. Adjustments are done to correct what are called "subluxations." Subluxations occur when the joints of the spine fail to move properly and/or spinal bones move out of alignment, which results in interference with the nerve messages from the brain to the body or vice versa. Muscle balance, organ function, and the body's production of hormones and chemicals can be affected. Subluxations can exist without causing any obvious symptoms, since only about 10 percent of nerves actually perceive pain.
Will chiropractic adjustment hurt?
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
Is chiropractic safe healthcare for the entire family?
The primary role of the chiropractor is to improve your nervous system function overall, rather than treating a specific disease or symptom per se. Chiropractors can effectively treat patients of all ages, including babies and children and the elderly, with gentle adjustments. Chiropractic care is very safe and is thought to help the body heal itself. What is Chiropractic?
What insurances do we accept?
We accept No Fault and Workers' Compensation along with most other insurances. Check with your carrier to see if we are a provider.
What is your visit like?
The first visit will last about an hour. The chiropractor will take a complete medical history and identify problem areas to be addressed during treatment. Your chiropractor will want to know about your pain, if any, where it is located, when the pain started, and what activities improve or exacerbate the pain. Your blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes may be assessed. Depending on your specific situation, your doctor may perform X-rays and/or refer you to have an MRI scan or other diagnostic tests. The physical examination will generally be performed through light clothing. It may include observation of posture and range of motion and palpation of muscles, joint movement, and soft tissues.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a profession which helps people to maximize their functional movements and abilities. It can treat acute or chronic nueromusculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, or connective tissue system problems. This first involves some form of an evaluation and assessment of the problem and the associated limitations or obstacles and is followed by addressing the issues with interventions such as thermal, electrical, ultrasound, mechanical traction, therapeutic exercises, body mechanic instructions, or other means to minimize any causative or aggravating factors.