Chiropractic care will benefit everybody in some way just as dental care will benefit almost everyone in some way. The reason being it is very difficult to go through life without having the stress of life affect the structure of your spine in some way. If a subluxation is diagnosed, chiropractic adjustments will be beneficial. The degree of response may vary due to the length of time the subluxation has existed, the lifestyle of the patient and one's compliance to their recommended care plan.
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Chiropractic is extremely safe. No significant risk of complications from receiving a Gonstead Method chiropractic adjustment is known to exist. None. Considering that the Gonstead Method has been widely used for over 50 years, this fact is reflective of how safe it really is. Chiropractic adjustments of the spine are internationally recognised as being far safer in dealing with neck and low back pain than medication and many other alternatives.
(A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation, JMPT, 1995. Manga Report, Ontario Ministry of Health, 1993.)
Typically, no. If one is in so much pain that simply touching the spine hurts, the doctor may apply ice for 15 or 20 minutes and that will reduce the discomfort for the procedure. Often times the patient will feel and hear the adjustment of their subluxations but it is usually not painful.
It is impossible to predict exactly how many visits a new patient will need to resolve their initial condition because each injury is different and each individual's healing response is different. We give each patient an estimate on how long their recovery may take after the initial exam and will have an even better idea after 2-3 visits. Once we have improved or resolved their initial complaint(s), most patients decide to come in for periodic checkups (once a month or every 2 months) for maintenance of their spine to reduce future episodes and for better overall health.
Often times after the first adjustment you will feel tired. The body often needs time to heal and wants to rest. This is normal. A subluxation causes pressure on the nerve and when this pressure is released the nerve may become overactive. About 3-5% of people may experience a sensation like their arms or legs are tingling. If this occurs it typically lasts a couple of hours or less and does not occur again. Some patients feel a little general soreness. When a joint has been subluxated, muscles and ligaments become excessively tight and contracted to prevent further misalignment of the bone. So when the correction is made, these muscle can now relax however as they have been working so hard they may remain sore for up to 72 hours.
EVERYONE. If you have a spine and a nervous system, you should be checked. The doctors at My Chiropractic Place have experience in treating infants to the elderly.
No. Chiropractors are primary health care physicians, which means you can see a chiropractor directly without a referral. However, we do accept referrals as we work well with medical doctors in the community.
Being a primary contact practitioner your chiropractor will know when to refer you to another appropriate provider. Chiropractors are trained in organ systems diagnosis along with musculo-skeletal diagnosis and refer accordingly.
Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved spinal levels. This will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
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 the human body is very good at adapting, 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.
Of course. your chiropractic doctor considers the unique circumstances of each client. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.
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 must only be applied to the vertebra that is subluxated. Chiropractors undertake 5 years of University education (the same as medical doctors) and countless hours of further education and practice to be the only health providers qualified to properly adjust the spine.