What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is the Chiropractic art of gently freeing the spinal bones in areas where they are stuck so the body can correct its own subluxations by returning the bones to a more normal position and motion.
Do they feel good?
Most people say they feel good but some people say they dont feel anything, and occasionally some do have mild short term discomfort.
What is the difference between manipulations and adjustments?
Spinal manipulation is a forceful returning of bones back where the doctor wants them to be. An adjustment is the gentle release of stuck or misaligned areas in the spine allowing the body to correct VSC itself.
Can I adjust myself or others?
No. Chiropractors go through years of school and training to be able to find the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and to give a scientific, specific adjustment.
How frequently should you have adjustments and why?
The spine is continually growing in a certain direction as a result of previous and current stress patterns. The spine is never "out" or "in"...it is growing. As a result of this, continuous input of adjustments is necessary to allow the spine to re-grow, in time, to as close to normal as possible. Muscle habit patterns and body matrix changes take time to re-grow. Certainly, there are immediate physiological changes with Chiropractic care, however spinal restructure takes time and repeated adjustments.
Do adjustments treat actual injuries?
No. The Vertebral Subluxation Complex is found in the spine and because of that, the chiropractor relates what he does to the spine. As the Vertebral Subluxation Complex is eliminated, the body will be better able to treat its own spinal problems. A good example of how this works is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
What is the noise?
Some people have noisy joints, for example, when they stoop, they can hear their ankles and their hips and their knees make noises. Those of you who are noisy will hear noises when you receive an adjustment. Those of you who are not, will hear nothing. The noise is not related in any way with the effectiveness of the adjustment.
Can I have adjustments if I have spinal disease or have had spinal surgery?
Yes. It is the Chiropractor's responsibility to know the spine he is working on. Each spine is as unique as a finger print. A Chiropractor is a specialist in determining the exact areas and degrees of spinal subluxation. He knows how to work with or around any areas in the spine and how to do exactly what is necessary to release the most subluxations possible during each visit.
How long do Doctors of Chiropractic go to school?
Today's graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a post-secondary college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admission to a chiropractic college.
Becoming a chiropractor is a demanding and highly rewarding path that includes a minimum of 4,500 hours of intense academic study including classroom learning, clinical science and internship training. During the course of their training, he/she will have studied the following three areas:
-- Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology (the study of diseases), biochemistry, clinical sciences, X-ray interpretation and differential diagnosis.
-- Training in the philosophy and practice of chiropractic.
-- Clinical internship with emphasis on hands-on practice.
Your chiropractor is a primary contact provider just like your family physician, optometrist or dentist. You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to see a chiropractor.