Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is a good workout or yoga the same as getting adjusted?
No. There is no substitute for chiropractic care. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints. Exercise, as beneficial and important as it is, does not correct spinal subluxations. Neither does massage, good nutrition, cleansing, golfing, yoga, pilates, etc.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Any time is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy, improve the baby’s health and makes delivery easier for mother and baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too is a common occurrence that is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place. People that have had back surgeries thrive with NetworkSpinal™ care.
Is chiropractic care addictive?
No. If only it were, there would be more healthy people around and chiropractors would not see patients who last “saw a chiropractor a few years ago, when their back went out”. When people begin health promoting choices, activities and behaviors they begin to thrive on continuing to feel better than they did before. Once people start eating healthy it’s very common for them to enjoy those benefits and continue on healthy eating path. The same occurs with our spine and our body. People frequently are excited about feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not addictive, however, good health and feeling good is. Just as with most other things you do for your well-being (brushing your teeth, exercise, eating healthy), once you experience the benefits of it you usually want to continue to feel/perceive and receive those benefits.
What causes the popping sound during an adjustment?
Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound and with NetworkSpinal treatments, an audible pop is rare. At times, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal “release”, or “popping” sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a tiny fraction of those for medical doctors.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.
Do children need chiropractic care?
Absolutely! Since significant spinal trauma almost always occurs at birth, we recommend that every parent have their newborns immediately checked for spinal subluxations. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood and adult health problems can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having a child’s spine checked by a chiropractor early. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are far healthier than their peers.
Can I tell if I have a subluxation?
Most of the time, no. A subluxation is like a dental cavity; you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although in some instances it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside.
What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?
Doctors of Chiropractic are well-educated. The average Chiropractor has a four year B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degree and a four year D.C (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Thusly medical doctors do not adjust the spine or correct vertebral subluxations as they are not trained in doing. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor’s education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that focuses on correcting the causes of poor health, rather than just addressing symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: with a properly functioning spine and healthy nerve system your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the life-line of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, all function and healing through your body. “A Healthy Spine Means a Healthier You!”
Do you take insurance?
Yes, we work with many people who have insurance. What we always recommend is that you have your spinal evaluation done and if the Dr. feels care can help you, we will explain your recommendations, our most cost effective financial arrangements and how much your insurance will contribute to your care. What we always recommend is that, at your first visit, you give us a copy of your insurance card and once we know what your health situation is we can determine what your individual benefits are.
How often will I need to come in?
Once our Drs. Knowles, assess the state of health of your spine, he/she will make recommendations appropriate for your needs. It’s hard to say how often one patient will need to be seen as this can vary on the severity of pain, subluxations and overall spinal health.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is manually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs. What we can do is work on people in such a a way that the condition of their spine becomes more self-corrective in nature.