Frequently Asked Questions
Chiropractic is a medical profession that focuses on treating people of any age, who are dealing with pain in the musculoskeletal system (spine, extremity joints, and muscles) and/or nervous system. The nervous system puts out nerve impulses so the muscles function. When the nerve is compressed coming from the spine, the muscle reflexes are inhibited, they tighten up, and cause pain. Chiropractors perform adjustments to re-establish full and fluid motion of the spinal or extremity joints, alleviating pain, and making the injured areas strong again while also rehabilitating the muscles
Chiropractors are known for their expertise in treating patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches. They also treat sport injuries and other injuries involving the joints, muscles, and ligaments. These painful conditions or injuries can cause pain to radiate to other areas distant to the injury, as in headaches from an injured neck, and may involve or impact the nervous system such as sciatica down the leg. Chiropractors can advise patients on occupational and lifestyle modification, exercises, and healthy habits to minimize the probability of injuries from happening.
More than 80% of people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. And if the back does not get treated, it can get progressively worse. In fact, it is one of the most reported reasons why people miss work and is the second most frequent reason patients visit the doctor.
Taking the injured area back to a healthy state through a series of chiropractic treatments is what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. Whether a patient has an acute or chronic injury, or is seeing the chiropractor for preventative care, each patient will require a certain amount of treatments in order to bring them from injury status back to a healthy state. Generally, weekly visits may last three months or some have two visits per month depending on certain factors, for example, severity of injury, length of time of injury,
occupational and lifestyle behavior and habits, etc.
Sometimes during a chiropractic adjustment, you will hear a distinctive popping sound. The noise is often due to a change of pressure in the joint space that results in the release of a gas bubble. Chiropractic adjustments can also occur without an audible noise. The popping sound is not dangerous and won’t make the patients worse.
Doctors of Chiropractic are healthcare providers, emphasizing the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities). The educational requirements of doctors of chiropractic are a Bachelor’s Degree and a Doctorate Degree that includes two years of clinical training.