Frequently Asked Questions
Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. Well respected studies (The Manga Report, The Agency on Health Care Policy and Research Study, and The New Zealand Commission Report) found that chiropractic adjustments are “remarkably safe” and extremely effective. “Our reading of the literature suggests that chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low back pain.”
Will adjustments make my spine too loose?
No. Only spinal joints that are locked or too tight receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
What makes the sound during an adjustment?
Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. The sound is interesting, but it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment. The purpose of adjustments is to restore proper joint alignment and improve its range of motion.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. Each patient’s spine and plan of management is unique. With 24 moving bones in the spine, each of which can move in seven different directions, we see a wide variety of spinal patterns. Each patient’s treatment plan is prescribed specifically for his or her age, condition, and health goals.
How many adjustments will I need?
The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his or her situation. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of regular visits. Visits become less frequent as your spine stabilizes. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
Can chiropractic treatment help avoid back surgery?
Can I have chiropractic treatment after back surgery?
Yes. Our chiropractic treatment avoids surgically modified areas of the spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These areas are the focus of our treatment.
Can patients with osteoporosis or arthritis get chiropractic care?
Yes. When we develop a treatment plan we always consider the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to treat the spine (Spinal Manipulative Therapy, Active Release Technique, Bowen Technique, Craniosacral, Graston) to name a few. The method selected will be best suited to your specific condition and preference.
How long until I feel better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others experience a more gradual return to full function over weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process including how long the patient has had the problem, nutritional status, constitutional health, lifestyle, family history, age etc. Within a short period of time, most patients feel enough improvement to fully carry out their chiropractor’s recommendations.
Is it true that if you go to a chiropractor once, you have to go for the rest of your life?
If you go to a dentist once, do you have to go for the rest of your life? It is obviously up to the patient. After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These patients show up for their appointments feeling fine. Follow up visits help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. Some may view this as dependence; we view it as good maintenance. If you had only one car for your entire life…Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
Why don’t medical doctors and chiropractors get along?
That has changed. Years of prejudice and bias have given way to reliable research showing the benefits of chiropractic care (see above “Are chiropractic adjustments safe?”). Attitudes and beliefs are slow to change. However, as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery, more and more medical doctors are referring their patients for chiropractic treatment.
What if chiropractic treatment doesn’t work?
If we are unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer you to other specialists who may be able to help. Your health is our primary goal.