FAQ

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic healthcare is a branch of the healing arts based on the scientific fact that our nervous system controls or influences the function of every cell in our body. Interference to the nervous system (caused by the Vertebral Subluxation Complex or Nerve Impingement Syndrome) will effoct how the nervous system relates to the cells to which it travels.

The term “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek words “cheiro and praktikos” meaning “done by hand.” The Chiropractic model of health is centered on the philosophy that the human body, being knit together in a wonderful way, will heal itself given the right opportunity and circumstances. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) essentially promote the healing process by minimizing nerve interference.

When Do You Need A Chiropractor?

The purpose of the Chiropractic approach to healthcare (the wellness model) is to uncover your health conditions, not merely cover up your symptoms. The absence of symptoms (pain) does not equal good health! The clearest way to illustrate this is by reviewing the statistics on heart attacks. Research reveals that in approximately 33% of all heart attacks, the first symptom of the attack is death!

Wellness care encompasses several aspects of overall heath, which can be physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Chiropractic Education

Most people are unaware that today’s Doctors of Chiropractic undergo virtually the same intense education process as Medical and Osteopathic students for the first two years of professional school. Medical students and Chiropractic students alike, spend a tremendous amount of time studying anatomy, physiology, neurology and other basic sciences. The main difference during the first two years is that Medical students have a heavy emphasis on pharmacology (the study of prescription drugs) and Chiropractic students emphasize nutritional and natural alternatives to drugs.

The programs take a different turn after the first two years. Medical students prepare for the “trade” by rotating each month to different medical specialties such as pediatrics, orthopedics and family medicine.

The second two years of education for Chiropractic students focuses on learning the tools of their “trade.” Chiropractic treatment today can be effective using manual and computer controlled care, such as with the Pro-Adjuster.

Both doctors of Medicine and Chiopractic are very well trained to treat their respective patients utilizing the skills of their professions. The most promising and encouraging change in today’s treatment environment is that many healthcare clinics provide both Chiropractic and Medical care for their patients.

Your Nervous System

Chiropractic care can be the key to detecting the cause of your problem. If detected early enough, Chiropractic adjustments can often return the joint to its normal position, releasing the pressure on the nerve and eliminating the Nerve Impingement Syndrome.

Our job as your Chiropractor is to revlieve as much Nerve Impingement Syndrome as possible. By alloing the nervous system to freely transport the nerve impulses throughout your body, you will begin to feel like new again; free to enjoy life to the fullest!

We work to achieve the highest level of function for your body, relieving the pain, eliminating the symptoms. With the help of modern technology, the job of improving your health just got easier.

Many people learned the importance of proper nervous system function as they watched the story of actory Christopher Reeves unfold. He played Superman in the movies. A horseback riding accident damaged his spinal cord in a very dramatic way and the consequences were profound. There is also a basic simple fact, that is one can grasp and remember, will make true sense on a very basic, instinctive level. This is called “innate intelligence,” the wisdom that our bodies know what is right. Breaking down the complexity of spinal anatomy, neurology and physiology into a simple, usable and reproducible idea would go something like this: The brain controls and regulates every system, organ, cell and tissue in the body through the nerves.

The nerves are our wiring system with hundreds of thousands of nerves running throughout the body. They transmit chemicals and electrical impulses to tell the body how to function. If they can do this without interruption from outside influences, then the body would have the ability to function at a near perfect state, which we call health. If the nervous system is assaulted or interfered with however, it will either not be able to send a signal at all or only send a signal to its final destination. This might be a muscle, an adrenal gland, the stomach or another organ or tissue. The nervous system can be assaulted through obvious ways like direct and severe trauma as was the case with Christopher Reeves or, less obviously, through poor posture, sports, minor falls or simply bumping your head.

Chiropractic Care Is Safe And Effective

The safety of Chiropractic care has been well documented in professional journals of all kinds. Serious side-effects of Chiropractic manipulative therapy occur with approximately one out of every one million adjustments. Compare this to the serious side-effects of medicines and surgical errors to put safety in perspective. Research reveals that some 100,000 people die each year from effects of prescription drugs that were prescribed by their doctors. This isn’t meant to be “M.D. bashing,” it’s just the simple truth about the safety of prescription medications, as reported in the Journal of the American Medial Association (April 1998). The article continues to say, “Discovering new dangers of drugs after marketing is common. Overall, 51% of approved drugs have serious adverse side effects not detected prior to approval. Merely discovering adverse affects is not by itself sufficient to protect the public. Each year prescription drugs injure 1.5 million people so severely they require hospitalization and 100,000 die making prescription drugs the 4th leading cause of death in the United States.” So the question was about the safety of Chiropractic care?

Chiropractors Are Real Doctors

Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) comprise the second largest health care profession with over 50,000 practitioners in the U.S. They earn the title “doctor” along with Medical Doctors (M.D.), Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.), and Dentists (D.D.S. ad D.M.D.).

The education process leading to the title Doctor of Chiropractic is quite similar to that of an M.D. and D.O. In order to obtain a D.C. degree, a student must complete several years of pre-chiropractic studies at a college or university, followed by four years of academic internship (similar to M.D. or D.O. “rotations”). During this time the Chiropractic intern, under the supervision of a liscenced D.C., will consult, examine and treat patients in a clinic setting. Upon graduation and earning the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, a state licensing exame must be passed in order to practice.

Chiropractic students study many of the same textbooks as Medical and Osteopathic students. As a matter of fact, a Chiropractic student accumulates more course hours in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics (how the body moves), neurology, and nutrition than their Medical and Osteopathic colleagues.

Chiropractic Is A Part Of A Wellness Lifestyle

Chiropractic care is like “orthodontics” for the spine. Clinically, repeated Chiropractic adjustments “train” the vertebrae to maintain their proper alignment and movement. Like the time required for braces to achieve correction depends on an individual’s teech and mouth structure, the time required for proper structural positioning to occur depends on the condition of the patient’s spine, their job and other daily lifestyle activiies.

Think of your spinal adjustments like maintaining your car. It’s recommended that you can change your car’s oil every 3,000 or so miles. For how long you ask? For as long as you own the car! While some individuals drive 3,000 miles in a week, others do so in a month or two. The point is, however, that we change our oil on a regular basis. The same goes for caring for your spine. Whether to get adjusted weekly, monthly or quarterly depends on each patient’s specific health condition. Remember, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” Don’t let your car’s engine fall out before changing its oil!

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