Yes, a good chiropractic assessment will reveal whether or not you have sustained any injuries that may require treatment. Whiplash is typically the result of a sudden jerking motion of the head, most commonly from car accidents or falls. Chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper neck mobility after an accident and give your neck time to heal during the healing process. Whiplash affects muscles, ligaments, joints & bones; therefore, it is important to seek immediate medical attention after an accident.
Yes! Hip pain can be caused by misalignment of the spine, which puts pressure on the nerves around the pelvis. A chiropractor has many tools to address this type of pain using spinal adjustments that take pressure off the sources of chronic pain.
The crack or pop that you hear is the formation of gas within the joints. That crack is not indicative of a successful adjustment. The actual adjustment comes from putting the force through the joint, the high velocity, low amplitude, adjustment, or force to the joint space. One issue some chiropractors have is “chasing the pop,” where they seek out the sound instead of going based on their physiological assessment.
Yes, chiropractic treatments can help with spinal stenosis. A chiropractor won’t be able to cure the condition, but they may be able to relieve some of the pressure on your nerves. Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal begins to narrow, which puts pressure on the nerves running through the spine. For example, if two of your vertebra are pressing on one nerve, you may experience pain or numbness in your arms or legs. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce this type of pain by freeing up space for the nerves and allowing better blood flow, promoting healing within your body. A good chiropractor will also provide you with exercises that can help manage the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Yes, chiropractors can help reduce and even eliminate neck pain! Neck pain is often caused by misalignment of the spine, which puts pressure on the nerves in your neck. A chiropractor can adjust subluxations (misaligned vertebra) which are believed to cause nerve interference. This adjustment takes the pressure off the nerves, allowing for better blood flow promoting healing within the body.
It varies from person to person. On average, visiting a chiro over 4-6 weeks should be sufficient depending on the condition, of course. After your initial appointment, you’ll need specific treatments based on the source of the pain through spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and exercise therapy. Depending on your root issue, some people can feel better after a single treatment, while other more complicated issues (like disc herniation) can take six months up to a year to treat.
Chiropractic adjustments and manipulations are completely safe and highly effective for anyone experiencing pain or joint restrictions and mobility issues. Chiropractic adjustments help increase space in the joint, which may also cause an increase in blood flow to the affected area to promote healing. Chiropractic care is meant to improve your health, not cause problems. Chiropractors use specific techniques and methods to help you achieve the best possible results without hurting you in any way. Chiropractic adjustive services can be used on anyone, from infants and toddlers to adults of any age, including senior citizens.
After a chiropractic adjustment, there is an increase in joint space. If that increase in joint space is in your spinal column, there may actually be a slight height difference. Further, after treatment, you may improve posture, which may also add to the “feeling taller effect.” Seeing a chiropractor will not make your bones enlarge in size.
Chiropractic care is extremely safe. Chiropractors take great measures to ensure that your treatment will be as comfortable as possible. However, there are some examples where chiropractic treatment is not recommended. Specifically for people who have something such as brittle bone disease or are osteoporotic, depending on the degree of osteoporosis. Chiropractic adjustments may not be an acceptable way to treat that patient. Therefore, a Chiropractor will use different methods in order to help treat that individual, such as instrument-assisted techniques or with tools like the Activator. Overall, chiropractic adjustments are safe.
Your first visit to a chiropractor typically involves patient intake, physical examination, possibly some diagnostic studies, a discussion of findings, and potentially your first treatment. You’ll start with paperwork to document your medical history, current condition, and treatment goals. The chiropractor will then conduct a comprehensive physical examination, possibly supplemented with diagnostic studies like X-rays, if needed. They will discuss your diagnosis, proposed treatment plan, and expected outcomes with you. Depending on your specific situation, you may also receive your first chiropractic adjustment during this visit, which is a specific manipulation aimed at improving joint function and movement. To facilitate ease of movement during your visit, it’s advisable to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Yes, a chiropractor can help with arthritis. Chiropractic care may not cure arthritis, but if you have arthritis and go to a chiropractor, they can help reduce the symptoms of your condition. A chiropractor can help reduce the inflammation in the joint space and help to improve mobility in the area affected by arthritis.