Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Care

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractors are highly skilled in the hands-on art of spinal adjustment. An adjustment involves applying a specific force in a precise direction to a joint that is troublesome (for instance, it may be locked-up or not moving properly). The purpose of the adjustment is to help restore a more normal position or motion, often relieving pain. Using this technique, Chiropractors can treat any joint in your body from your spine all the way out to your fingers and toes. Treatment is always within your comfort level and often can be quite relaxing.

What is the cracking sound?

Chiropractic treatment involves the manipulation of joints, with the goal of decreasing pain by improving movement and function within that joint. When a joint is adjusted (moved), there is a natural change in the internal pressure of that joint. This change results in the release of gas normally dissolved in the fluid which lubricates the joint. The release of this gas may produce a "crack" or "pop" sound similar to that produced when you open a can of soda.

Is chiropractic safe?

Research continues to support the safety and efficacy of chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery, which have their place but may produce side effects and complications. As each patient is unique, each treatment and each adjustment is unique as well. Your age, size, and individual problem will determine which technique(s) will best put you on the road to feeling better.

What kind of education do Chiropractors have?

Before a Chiropractor can lay their hands on you, they've first laid their eyes on hundreds of books. They've studied for at least seven years at university and post-graduate levels (at a Chiropractic College). Anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-rays, and spinal adjusting techniques are just a handful of the topics they have studied. Before receiving their Doctor designation, Chiropractic students undergo an intensive and closely supervised internship program at a Chiropractic College Clinic, where they gain and perfect valuable skills and also learn when referral to other disciplines is warranted. Prior to being able to open their door to you, Chiropractors must pass rigorous National and State Licensing Board examinations.

What kinds of things can chiropractic help me with?

Chiropractors treat problems of the musculoskeletal system. This includes lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, disk problems, plantar fascitis, shoulder pain, muscle strains and sciatica. You do not always have to be in pain to consult a Chiropractor. You may be interested in prevention of a problem. You may want to learn more about your body. You may want to improve your quality of life. These are all good reasons to consider consulting a Chiropractor.

Will I have to do exercises?

To optimize the effects of treatment, stretching and strengthening programs are almost always initiated. As always, the choice to follow instructions plays a very important role in both recovery and long-term prognosis/outcome. Continuing with your individualized exercise program can help you minimize the occurrence of future episodes. This leaves you more time and energy to do the things you want to do.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Prior to meeting with the Chiropractor, you will be asked to complete a New Patient Intake Form. Using this form as a guide, you and the Chiropractor will discuss your health history in detail. This will be followed by a consultation and spinal examination. Dr. Flynn will determine if your case can be helped in our office and may recommend additional tersting, such as x-rays or an MRI. You will then be presented with a report of findings, outlining your specific problem, treatment options, and prognosis. Questions are always welcome. Your first visit includes time to initiate treatment if Dr. Flynn determines chiropractic care is right for you. At the close of the visit, you will be given a few specific instructions to help make achieving your goal easier.

Once I go to the Chiropractor, do I have to go forever?

The choice to continue chiropractic care is always up to you. Although pain is the most common reason people initially go to the Chiropractor, chiropractic treatment often helps people reach an improved state of health. They have less pain, greater freedom of movement, better sleeping patterns and an improved sense of well being. The daily rigors of life such as computer work, commuting, stress and lack of time for one's self are hard on the body. Many people use chiropractic "maintenance care" to function at a better state of health. The frequency of treatment depends on other lifestyle factors such as exercise, stress reduction, and nutrition to name a few.

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