What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a natural health care method that focuses on a healthy spine and nervous system. Every part of your body, all senses and all body functions are affected by the nervous system. If there’s a problem in the spine or nervous system, this will show up as a health problem in one way or another.

Chiropractic works by locating and removing interference with your nervous system, usually in the form of subluxations or misaligned vertebrae. By fixing this interference, nervous system function is improved, which also helps prevent disease, pain and ill health.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.

Are all adjustments the same?

No. Each patient has different spinal alignments and problems. The chiropractic doctor develops an individual protocol of care based on various evaluations and tests. Additionally, since every adjustment builds on the previous adjustment, treatment may (or may not) vary between adjustments. Therefore each patient’s care is unique.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is safer than “modern” drug-based medicine. It avoids drugs and invasive or harsh procedures. Chiropractic malpractice premiums are only a small fraction of the $11,000 a year that internists and other medical doctors must pay. This indicates that there are far fewer problems as compared to your family doctor.

What causes the noise during an adjustment?

Your body naturally has nitrogen gas dissolved in nearly all tissues. This gas expands to fill the partial vacuum created by the sudden relief of pressure during an adjustment. This effect is painless and totally harmless. If anything, it indicates that pressure was relieved.

If I have chiropractic care now, will I always need it?

Chiropractic care is not addictive, and does not require ongoing treatment to maintain results. However, if the trigger conditions (poor posture, environmental factors, etc.) are not removed, the problem may eventually come back.

Does back surgery mean I shouldn’t see a chiropractor?

No. Chiropractors are trained to work with patients who have had surgery. However, up to half of surgery receiptents later find that their original symptom returns! It’s better to seek chiropractic care in the first place, as it may be able to remove the need for surgery.

Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?

No. Chiropractic care works for many, many health problems that are helped by improved nervous system function. This includes many health problems not normally considered to be back, spine or nervous system problems. A normal nervous system helps the body’s natural healing abilities solve a wide range of health problems.

See our conditions treated page for some conditions treated with chiropractic care.

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Chiropractic adjustments have been show to improve pregnancy and make delivery easier. Also, the weight of a baby can put stress on the spine, and chiropractic can definitely help to alleviate this stress.

Why are x-rays needed?

The spine is a complicated system of 32 vertebrae, plus the skull and coccyx (tailbone). X-rays reveal the internal configuration and alignment of the spine, and also reveal any disorders such as arthritis, bone spurs, disc problems, tumors, abnormal curvature and degenerative disease of the spine. X-rays also show what’s needed to obtain a healthy alignment of the spine.