??Questions and Answers

1.          I heard that once you start going to a chiropractor you can’t ever stop?


             Many patients are concerned about having to come in all the time for chiropractic care.  When beginning chiropractic care you will need to be adjusted several times over a short period of time to begin the healing process.  Every patient is unique and therefore requires a different course of care, but in general our goal is to see you as little as possible.  This may seem backwards to you but our goal is to get to the root of the problem quickly and then periodically monitor and maintain proper spinal health. 


2.          Are you going to “crack” all of my bones?


                 As chiropractors, we carefully analyze your spine to determine what segments need to be ADJUSTED and which should be left alone.  With chiropractic care, more is not better.  So called “cracking or manipulating” your entire spine is not specific in the least and does not provide the lasting results that carefully “adjusting” only few segments does.   The goal is to get to the cause of the problem and let your body do the rest. 


3.          What causes the noise of an adjustment?


             Contrary to popular thought, it isn’t the sound of your bones hitting one another.  The noise actually comes              from gas within the joints rushing into the space created when you move a bone. 


4.          Is it bad to “crack” your neck or back a lot?


             People often associate cracking their neck or back with receiving a chiropractic adjustment but the two are not the same.  If a person feels the desire to crack their neck or back, it is often because they have a subluxated vertebra that is stuck and not moving correctly.  This causes the other  joints around the stuck vertebra it to move too much and popping occurs.   The subluxated segment that is fixated or stuck,  is the segment that must be adjusted by a chiropractor to restore proper motion to your spine.  Popping your own neck or back provides temporary relief from spinal discomfort, but the problem still remains.  The desire to “crack” your neck returns because the underlying subluxated segment is still stuck.  If you have the desire to crack your neck, or find your back popping often, it is often a sign you need to see a chiropractor.


5.          How long does a spinal adjustment take?


             Your first visit will take approximately 1 1/2 hours and will include a review of your past health history, a chiropractic exam and when indicated, spinal x-rays.  If the patient is accepted as a chiropractic patient,  they will receive their first adjustment on their first visit.  After your initial visit, subsequent visits should only take around ten to fifteen minutes, but depending on the difficulty of your case, more or less time may be needed. 


6.          Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?


             Yes.  Many patients who have undergone back surgery have recurring problems in the future.  Since surgery involves the removal of anatomy,  another surgery is usually not the answer, since there is little left to work with.  Specific chiropractic adjustments can be performed in most cases.  Each patient will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


7.          Can I visit only once?


              Patients have the freedom to make their own health care decisions.  Many patients experience relief from their first adjustment while others it may take some time, depending on the severity of the problem and the length of time that it has been present. 


8.          What will happen if I stop going?


             Spinal stress will continue to build up like it did before.  The only difference is that it won’t be reduced through chiropractic care.  In a way, chiropractic is like a safety valve, releasing the pressure from your system.  If the pressure stays high and is unrelieved, overall heath will suffer.


9.          Is chiropractic care safe?


             In the words of the New Zealand government’s inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.”  Chiropractic has an excellent safety record.  It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or additive drugs.  Chiropractic care is a natural approach to better health that is proven safe and effective.  Here are some interesting facts:


· Chiropractic care is safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers and aspirin.

· For the treatment of chronic spinal pain, chiropractic is superior to acupuncture and medication.

             Spine July 15, 2003.



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