UNDERSTANDING CHIROPRACTIC CARE
The following are common questions asked about chiropractic care.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a health care profession based on interactions of the spine and nervous system, as well as the surrounding muscles.
What types of pain do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, pain in extremities (arms and legs), and headaches. They also treat sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments, and joints. The benefits of chiropractic care go beyond this and extend into general health as our core body structure affects overall function and health.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific, controlled impulse in a precise direction that is applied to a spinal joint not moving properly or “locked up.” The purpose of this natural and safe procedure is to correct structural alignment and eliminate interference in the nervous system. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, reduction in pain, better movement and an overall improvement in health and wellness.
Do adjustments hurt?
Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment. Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort promote healing.
Are adjustments safe?
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.
Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?
The noises you hear resembling popping sounds are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. Your Chiropractor will modify adjustments based on your size, weight, age and health condition.
Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove back pain?
For many, back pain can become chronic if left untreated. Chiropractic care has been shown to ease and even eliminate back pain for many patients.
Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
YES! Chiropractic care is very safe for the mama to-be, and the baby. Many pregnant women find that Chiropractic adjustments improve the pregnancy experience and make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient.
Is back pain common?
More than 80 percent of people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it is one of the most reported reasons people miss work and is the second most frequent reason patients visit the doctor.
Do you take insurance?
Yes! Pure Wellness accepts most insurances. Once we have determined you are a Chiropractic case, we will complete the necessary paperwork and provide the billing service for you so that you focus on what’s most important; getting well!
How long will my first visit last?
The first visit to our office typically takes between 1-1 ½ hours depending upon if therapies or treatment is provided that day. The first visit is typically the lengthiest because of the extensive testing and thoroughness we put into evaluating and treating our new patient’s.
Will I need x-rays?
X-rays can be a valuable asset when structuring a patient’s care plan. However, we only take x-rays when they are indicated, and not all of our patient’s will receive them for various reasons.
Will I get adjusted on the first visit?
The doctors typically do adjust on the first visit, once they have determined that you are a Chiropractic case. This will ultimately be up to you and the treating physician.