What do Chiropractic Doctors Do?
Answer: Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved
nervous system function begins with a case history. This gives the doctor a
background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your
condition, and other details affecting your current health. After reviewing
your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopedic, neurological,
and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural
and functional problems associated with the spinal column. These examinations
help identify areas of spinal malfunction and resulting nervous system deficit.
The findings of these examinations are explained and a plan of chiropractic
adjustments may be recommended. Progress is monitored with periodic examinations
and follow-up reports.
What is the difference between a Chiropractic Doctor
and a Medical Doctor?
Answer: It takes eight years of education and training to become a
Doctor of Chiropractic. The Doctor of Chiropractic first completes pre-chiropractic
studies at a college or university. The Doctor of Chiropractic studies all
the basic sciences and must pass the State Board of Examiners’ basic
sciences examination. This is the same basic sciences examination other doctors,
including Medical Doctors, are required to pass. He or she attends a college
of chiropractic for four years, which must include an externship at an outpatient
clinic where he or she gets real world experience in a clinical and academic
setting. After graduating from a Chiropractic college, like a Medical Doctor,
he or she must pass the State Board Exam in the state he or she wishes to practice
I’ve been to many doctors for my condition and
no matter what they do, I don’t get better. Why
would going to a Chiropractor get me better?
Answer: A misalignment of one or more of the 24 movable bones or “vertebrae” of
your spine can irritate or cause pressure or pinching on spinal nerves and
result in a serious health-robbing, damaging interference (irritation or blockage)
to normal nerve control of your body. Since the brain controls all parts of
your body through the nervous system, this nerve interference can cause pain
and many health problems. It can also lower your body’s resistance so
that you become even more susceptible to contagious and infectious disease.
Therefore, if your problem is caused by a misalignment of one or more of the
bones of your spine, only chiropractic care will get you better.
What will happen on my first visit?
Answer: In order to determine the cause of your symptoms, the doctor
will conduct a thorough exam including spinal, physical, orthopedic and neurological
examinations as well as listening to your case history. X-rays may also be
taken as they reveal fractures, spinal misalignments, joint and bone disease,
congenital anomalies and other aspects of your health.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
Answer: Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require
ongoing supportive care of optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems
are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative
changes to the spine. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups
help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs,
or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive visits are
helpful in the maintenance of good health. Some patients seek chiropractic
care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis
management” is usually more costly and time-consuming, our office stands
ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you
decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
What is Chiropractic?
Answer: Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body
is a self-regulating, self-healing organism and that the nervous system is
essential to all bodily processes, even stimulating your immune system. The
nervous system is the driving force behind all life’s activities. Some
examples of activities that are controlled by the nervous system include walking,
food digestion, and disease defense. The nervous system is made up of the brain,
spinal cord and a network of nerves. The spinal cord is encased within 24 movable
bones called vertebrae that protect the spinal cord. A network of nerves branch
out from the spinal cord, then travel through spaces between the adjacent vertebrae
to control and communicate with all muscles, blood vessels, organs and other
tissues of the body. When two adjacent vertebrae become misaligned, the space
between the vertebrae becomes constricted. Just as less water would flow through
a hose that is partially kinked, fewer electrical impulses flow through the
nerve due to the vertebral misalignment. If the nervous system is impaired,
it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body, which
decreases the ability to fend off diseases, digest foods or engage
in any other activity that requires normal nerve flow. This impairment is called
vertebral subluxation complex.