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What is a subluxation?

A subluxation is a spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body 

How come I’ve never heard of subluxations before?
True, subluxations have not received the press that say, AIDS, cancer, cholesterol or heart disease have. However, subluxations are just as important and are often the underlying cause of a wide variety of health problems.

How do you get subluxations?
There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, and improper lifting. Stress, anger and fear are examples of emotional causes of subluxations. Alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet can be chemical causes of subluxations.

How can I tell if I have subluxations?
You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of any subluxations you may have.

How can subluxations be corrected?
The primary form of care to reduce subluxations is a schedule of chiropractic adjustments. By applying a specific and precise force, in the right direction and at the right time, over time, changes in the position and motion of spinal bones can be made.

Can subluxations clear up on their own?
Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these minor problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don’t resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor for an adjustment!

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited. Compare the statistics. Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Will adjustments make my spine too loose?
No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. The occasional spinal joints that move too much, are passed over so weakened muscles and ligaments can stabilize and heal.

How many adjustments will I need?
The number of adjustments varies with each practice member and their individual health goals. Many practice members sense some progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits are less often as your spine stabilizes. In difficult cases, complete healing can take months or even years.

Why would a newborn get adjusted?
Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Colic, unusual crying, poor appetite or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Adjustments are gentle. Knowing exactly where to adjust, no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato is involved.

Can I adjust myself?
No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.

What does an adjustment feel like?
Most practice members report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Since repeated adjustments are necessary, if adjustments didn’t feel good, practice members wouldn’t return to finish their care. Chiropractic doctors are expert at making adjustments feel good.

Can practice members with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractic doctor considers the unique circumstances of each practice member. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.

Isn’t some back pain normal?
Pain is Common but not Normal! Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something isn’t right. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve.

Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery
Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. This will be the focus of your chiropractic care.

Do I have a slipped disc?

Because of the way a disc attaches to the spinal bones above and below it, it can't actually slip. However, a disc can bulge. It can tear. It can herniate. It can thin. It can dry out. And it can collapse but it can't slip.

Do I have a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve is rare. It is more likely that an adjacent spinal bone irritates, stretches, rubs or chafes a nerve. 

What is "THE POP" that occurs with an adjustment?

The audible sound heard during some manual adjustments is caused by the rapid release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, that is compressed in the joint fluid - NOT bones hitting each other or breaking. When the joint is decompressed the pressure inside the joint changes and the gas is released, similar to opening a soda can for the 1st time or cracking your knuckles. The sound is interesting, but isn't a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.

Do many people see chiropractors?

There are at least 25 million people who are enjoying the non-surgical, drug-free healing nature of chiropractic, each year. Here are a few of the people who use Chiropractic Care to optimize their performance: Tiger Woods, Barry Bonds, Emmitt Smith, Jay Bell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbo, Evander Holyfield, MEl Gibson, Richard Gere, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Mary Lou Retton, Bruce Jenner, Jimmy Connors, Montel Williams.

Can my MD, DO or PT adjust me?

NO - Chiropractors are the ONLY health care professional trained to detect and correct vertebral subluxation. Chiropractors have over 2000 hours of specific training in spinal and extremity adjusting. 

Will My Insurance Cover all My Recommended Care?

NO - Your policy may help pay for some of your care but not all. You should expect to pay out of pocket for continued corrective and wellness care 

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