Frequently Asked Questions
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works because the body is controlled by your nervous system. Nerve signals flow from the brain, down the spinal cord, through spinal nerves, and out to every organ and tissue in your body. When vertebrae in your spine become stuck, restricted or misaligned, called a subluxation, they create nerve pressure or interference. This disrupts the nerve signal to the affected area of your body. Specific chiropractic adjustments to spinal subluxations remove nerve interference and restores motion to the joint.
How do you get subluxations?
The three basic causes are physical, emotional, or chemical. Physical causes include motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, improper lifting, computer work, and repetitive motions. Emotional causes can include stress, fear, and anger. Chemical refers to poor diet, drugs and alcohol. Subluxations can be due to one or a combination of all three.
How do I know if I have a subluxation?
Typically you will have pain or tenderness along the spine or joint. You will have restricted range of motion as well as muscle tightness or stiffness. Subluxations can also be present without any of these symptoms. This is why a thorough chiropractic exam is beneficial to finding and locating spinal subluxations.
What’s a chiropractic adjustment?
An adjustment is usually performed by using the doctor’s hands to provide a quick thrust with minimal force to a specific spinal joint in order to remove a subluxation.
Do adjustments hurt?
Typically chiropractic adjustments are not painful, but you may experience some soreness afterwards. Usually the soreness is comparable to how you would feel after working out at the gym for the first time in several months.
Are adjustments safe?
Yes. It can also help you avoid taking drugs and surgery. “Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.”
Can adjustments cause a stroke?
“Although strokes happen with some frequency in our world, there is only an association between strokes and chiropractic adjustments. I am aware that nerve or brain damage including stroke is reported to occur once in one million to once in ten million treatments. Once in a million is about the same chance as getting hit by lightning. Once in ten million is about the same chance as a normal dose of aspirin or Tylenol causing death.” A thorough chiropractic exam is performed before an adjustment to help identify any individuals who may not be suitable for chiropractic care.
What is that popping sound during an adjustment?
That noise is caused by gases and fluids shifting within the joint. It is similar to opening a can of soda.