frequently asked questions



WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?​



Chiropractic is a form of healthcare science that addresses the health of individuals through a unique form. The tenants of chiropractic are based on balance between three aspects of the human body: Structural, mental, and chemical. When this triad of elements is kept in balance, the human body can function at its peak performance and express health and vitality. Chiropractic specifically addresses the structural aspect of the human body. The human body’s structure plays a key role in the overall health of the human body and is vital to the body’s function. Any abnormal changes or movement in this structure will be a detriment to the human body. The human spine is crucial to this overall structure. The spine and its structure influence all aspects of the human body from the immune system to the nervous system. Misalignment of the spine will cause a host of problems in the human body and will eventually result in symptoms. Symptoms often show up after the structure has been malfunctioning for quite some time. ​My goal as a chiropractor is to identify and correct these structural misalignments in the human spine. With the structure working correctly, the overall body will be able to function optimally and express an individual’s highest level of health.



IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE?



Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours. Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, there is not yet a clear understanding of the connection. The occurrence appears to be very rare—1 in 5.85 million manipulations—based on the clinical reports and scientific studies to date. If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider. It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain -- prescription and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) -- as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.