How Does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic is based on the premise that your body is self-healing, self-regulating, and controlled by your nervous system. Millions of signals flow from your brain and down your spinal cord to every organ and tissue in your body. These signals are sent back to the brain to confirm your body is working correctly. This network of signals can be interfered with by a condition called subluxation. Subluxations are diagnosed by chiropractors when the moving bones of the spine are out of alignment and irritating nerves. Chiropractors perform specific spinal adjustments to help correct subluxations and then health returns through a properly functioning nervous system.
How do you get subluxations?
The three basic causes of subluxations are physical, emotional, and chemical. Physical causes can be slips, falls, accidents, repetitive movements or improper lifting. Emotions such as fear, anger, grief, anxiety can cause subluxations. Alcohol, pollution, drugs, and a poor diet are examples of chemical causes.
How do you know if you have a subluxation?
The only sure way to know if you have subluxations is to have a thorough examination by a licensed chiropractor who can locate and detect the severity of the subluxation. Many subluxations don’t have warning signs or signals much like the early stages of cancer or tooth decay.
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Nerve related conditions are best helped by chiropractic. A few examples are:
Low back pain, Neck pain, Headaches, Auto accident injuries, Work related injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Whiplash, Hip Pain, Arm and Leg pain.
Do I have a “pinched nerve”?
A pinched nerve is not very common. It is more typical that spinal bones irritate, stretch, or rub on the nerve. There is also a muscle, joint and soft tissue component to the subluxation.
How do chiropractors treat subluxations?
There are many methods or techniques that chiropractors use to treat subluxations. Some methods involve the doctor’s hands, or a special instrument, or table. The most common method involves a quick thrust to the joint to improve motion called an adjustment. A noise may be heard when the adjustment is performed, which is caused by the release of gas into the fluid around the involved joint.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes, after doing a thorough exam the chiropractor can better determine if you have a problem that is suitable for care. When comparing the statistics, chiropractic adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking over-the-counter pain relievers.
How many adjustments will I need?
The number of adjustments recommended will vary depending on how long the problem has been going on and your individual health goals. Each patient at Cone Chiropractic is given choices in care and then they can decide on the type of care they would like.
What can I expect on my first visit to Cone Chiropractic?
Most importantly, you can expect a doctor who listens! You can also count on receiving a thorough health history & evaluation, an examination to discover causes, and a consultation to discuss care options. Our friendly and caring staff will help you with therapy, appointment, insurance, and account needs.
There are three types of care available at Cone Chiropractic.
It is important to understand each type, so you can make the best choice for yourself. Each patient’s condition is unique and some can be helped in few visits while some take a number of treatments.
The following is a summary of the three major types of chiropractic care.
The majority of patients come to our office when they are in pain. This first type of care is designed to eliminate or reduce pain. As the pain decreases in intensity and frequency your spine starts to stabilize and heal. The number of visits needed to seek relief really depends on your specific condition. If progress is not going as expected you may be referred to another health care provider for further evaluation.
This type of care occurs as the symptoms diminish and the cause of the condition begins to correct. The muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue strengthen as the frequency of visits is reduced. During this type of care exercises, lifestyle changes and nutritional recommendations may be discussed. It is important to remember that many conditions helped by chiropractic have developed over many years. In order to correct these problems a true rehabilitative process is needed.
Once this type of care is complete and the pain is gone you still have options as to how you want to handle your health. If you stop care a relapse may occur setting you up for further joint damage. Wellness care coming in for occasional adjustments, is another option.
This care is designed to maintain your health, encourage normal spinal function and to prevent a relapse of the original condition. During the wellness phase you should continue to do exercises, incorporate good eating habits, and follow any lifestyle advice.
This type of care is similar to dentistry. We all know it takes a long time to develop tooth decay, but with regular maintenance visits plaque doesn’t have chance to damage your teeth. The same is true with chiropractic care. It takes time to develop a spinal misalignment and joint decay, but with regular maintenance care the spine is less likely to develop joint damage.