What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system in your body. Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, and millions of nerves. Your brain is protected by the skull and your spinal cord by the 24 movable bones (vertebra) of the spine.
Chiropractic ensures that nervous system is able to communicate optimally at all times. If interference in the communication is detected by the Chiropractor, the spine is adjusted by a variety of techniques to alleviate the perceived problem.
Many everyday activities can cause interference. This can result in nervous system dysfunction and diminish the quality of your life.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root. Some techniques are more physical than others and your Chiropractor would be happy to discuss your preferences.
How old should a person be before he or she begins chiropractic care?
Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned. At any time in your life it is important to have control of your nervous system to realise your health potential. During the growing and developmental years it is relatively more important to check the spine because a misalignment will potentially have greater ramifications.
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”
Even if your entry into chiropractic is later in life we welcome the opportunity to improve your quality of life.
Does an adjustment have to make a noise to be effective?
No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise to be properly adjusted. However, often when your vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth joint surfaces become slightly separated creating a vacuum effect. The fluid inside the joint makes the noise as it converts to a gas inside the joint to fill the vacuum. The result is a noise like the one made when your knuckles crack. Your Chiropractor is more concerned with the position of the joint and the potential stress on the nerve than the noise. However your Chiropractor decides to adjust you, the results are what is important.
Do chiropractors work on the spine only?
Chiropractors work wherever the nervous system has miscommunication.
How does working on the spine help other parts of the body?
Working on the nervous system impacts any part of the body. Adjusting the spine is the best way to wake up the nervous system.
How long does it take?
Allow for the initial consultation to take up to 60 minutes. The Chiropractor will take a thorough case history, conduct orthopedic and neurologic tests, postural analysis and take x-rays should they be needed. We have our own x-ray facilities in our offices. The Chiropractor can then make their recommendations for your care and provide an adjustment should it be required.
Subsequent visits where an adjustment only is required take less time.