Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic  is American's number one natural health care profession. Chiropractic  doctors focus on the correction of misalignment in the skeletal system  that cause pressure and interference in the nervous system thus  resulting in decreased function, poor health, other symptoms, and  dis-ease.

Our human body is exposed and undergoes  physical, emotional, mental, and chemical stress on a daily basis in  many ways. Physical trauma such as falls and accidents, mental and  emotional stress from work deadlines or running a household, or  environmental pollutions or toxins such as fumes from automobiles can  cause problems within our spine and body. These stressors can all lead  to a spinal condition referred to as vertebral subluxations.  Chiropractic is drug free and helps millions of people on a daily basis  across the world.

"Chiropractors are the only doctors trained to detect and correct subluxations through safe, gentle, and specific adjustments."


What is a Subluxation?

A  subluxation refers to a spinal or peripheral joint that is not in it's  normal position and is not moving (fixated) and causing nerve pressure  and interference with nerve messages being sent from the brain to all of  the organs, tissues, and cells of the body. Subluxations create  imbalance and restriction of the spinal joints and irritation of the  nervous system leading to symptoms and dysfunction in the muscles and  organs. Subluxations can also be asymptomatic for months and even years  until weaknesses or changes in normal function eventually lead to the  progression of muscular and nerve breakdown, worse injury, and  degenerative disease.


Why is the nervous system so important?

The  nervous system carries vital messages from the brain to every organ,  tissue, and cell in the body. These messages are extremely important for  proper bodily function. Without proper communication between the brain  and body systems our body will not function correctly resulting in poor  health and dis-ease.

What is the Gonstead Method of Chiropractic?

In  chiropractic there are about 38 different named techniques. The  Gonstead Method is a very specific and scientific technique with very  gently and precise adjustments. The Gonstead Method was developed and  researched by Dr. C.S. Gonstead in Mt. Horeb, Wisconisin. Dr. Gonstead  was a mechanical engineer prior to being a chiropractor. After  graduation from Chiropractic School he decided he could do chiropractic  better than he was taught if he could learn how to apply mechanical  engineering principles to the spine. For more information about the  Gonstead Method please visit www.gonstead.com  or check the link at the  bottom of this page.

Will I need x-rays?

We  only take x-rays when clinically necessary. X-rays reveal a great deal  of information that helps the doctor understand what's going on with  your spine and what areas we should focus on to maximize your corrective  chiropractic care. X-rays allow us to be precise and ensures patient  safety with each adjustment.

How will an adjustment help me?

Chiropractic  adjustments eliminate nerve interference that prevents your body from  healing itself properly. Misaligned vertebrae interfere with the  function of your musculoskeletal and nervous systems thus causing  decreased function and weaken your body. A Chiropractic adjustment  corrects the underlying cause of your symptoms and allows the body to  heal itself more quickly.

Is Chiropractic Care safe for pregnant women?

Yes,  Chiropractic is safe during pregnancy because it is drug free and  non-invasive on both the mother and baby. Pregnancy places additional  stress on the mother's body causing her pelvis and spine to misalign  easier. Chiropractic can help relieve pregnancy related low back pain,  leg and sciatic pain, and mid-back pain. It may also reduce incidence of  headaches, nausea, and heartburn. Anecdotal evidence shows that regular  Chiropractic Care up to the point of delivery can significantly reduce  labor time and the chances of complications during delivery.


How old should a person be before receiving Chiropractic Care?

People  of all ages can receive Chiropractic Care. Even infants should have  their spines checked for subluxations due to the trauma involved during  the birth process. It's best to have children under Chiropractic Care  early in life to remove the chances of any negative effects that  subluxation has on development. A rapidly developing skeletal structure  can put stress on a child's bones and joints causing them to develop  abnormally. Sometimes this can develop into the spinal condition known  as Scoliosis. Early detection of Scoliosis is important while curvature  can still be corrected.

There is no age  restriction to when your child should get his or her first subluxation  therefore, there is no restriction on what age your child should be to  get their first adjustment. Having a newborn's spine and pelvis checked  for subluxation after birth is considered good prevention to avoid  common problems later in life.

Does the adjustment hurt?

In  some acute cases the adjustment may cause a small amount of discomfort  for a few seconds depending on the amount of inflammation and irritated  tissues around the injured site. The great majority of adjustments given  do not hurt because they are given precisely and gently.

Can you be too old to be under Chiropractic Care?

You  are never to old to start receiving Chiropractic Care. Seniors tend to  have weaker spines that are more at risk for subluxation and  misalignment due to postural changes from osteoporosis and degenerative  disease (due to long lived subluxation of multiple spinal joints).  Therefore, seniors need to take care of their spines and pelvic  alignment with regular maintenance adjustments. If you plan on living  into your "Golden Years" then you should already be receiving regular  wellness care for prevention instead of waiting for things to get bad.  We have wellness patient's in their 80's and 90's that get around better  than some 40 year old.s that aren't under Chiropractic Wellness Care.