1. What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment consists of a palpation of the spine (or any other joint involved) to detect a subluxation. Then, the doctor of chiropractic, using her hands or a tool, will re-establish proper mechanics at the joint level and stimulate the neuro-musculo-skeletal system.
2. What is a spinal subluxation?
A spinal subluxation is an area of the spine in which the position or movement of the vertebrae is not optimal. Although it is often asymptomatic, patients sometimes mention that the area is « sensitive » or « tight ». It is necessary to correct a subluxation to give movement to the spine but most importantly to protect the nervous system from the irritation it can cause.
3. What is the importance of the spine in maintaining good health?
The spine holds several roles. First of all, it is part of our locomotive system and is therefore essential to all movement of the body. To be in a good shape and to move freely in your daily activities, a healthy spine is essential. Another role of the spine is protection. The spine protects your central nervous system (your spinal cord and its nerve roots) in the same way your skull protects your brain. Since the nervous system controls all other systems of your body, it must be insured that the spine is properly protecting it.
4. Why see a chiropractor if I have no pain?
Pain is a very subjective sensation and is not a good measure to determine the health of your spine. Also, the human body has an incredible adaptative capacity; the tensions can accumulate in ours pine without any symptoms presenting themselves. When the final straw is added and the body can not adapt anymore, the pain declares itself. A chiropractor will be able to detect regions that are at risk and help you make corrections before the symptoms appear.
5. If I start chiropractic care, will I be obligated to have care forever?
Any well trained chiropractor will talk to you about preventive or wellness care. Preventive care for your spine can be compared to the way most people go through their dental care. We see our dentist on a regular basis to be sure our dental hygiene is up to par and to correct problems (cavities) before symptoms appear. In the field of chiropractic, we want to make sure spinal hygiene (posture, exercise, traumas, etc.) is good and that subluxations be corrected before the cause symptoms. Your chiropractor will always recommend what is best for your global health. Whether it be for temporary relief or to maintain optimal health, the frequency of your visits is ALWAYS a personal choice, the same way you choose to eat healthy or exercise regularly.
6. Why should a healthy child see a chiropractor?
The post-natal period and childhood years are periods that greatly affect the development of the spine and nervous system. The first subuxations can even occur during pregnancy or birth. With this is mind, the earlier a child sees a chiropractor, the easier it is to correct his or her subluxations.
7. Can my chiropractor guarantee my healing with treatment?
Following a complete examination of the patient that the chiropractor can establish the pertinence of chiropractic care and establish a prognosis, meaning a prediction of the results obtained from the recommended chiropractic care. It is appropriate to say a major part of neuro-musculo-skeletal afflictions respond very well to chiropractic care. Patients feel relief from their symptoms and also feel better with their global health. As a primary health care professional, a chiropractor will refer you to another professional if she feels it would better serve you.
8. Is it dangerous? Does it hurt?
The chiropractic adjustment is pain free and safe when it is used after and in depth examination by a trained doctor of chiropractic. Like with any treatment, there are some contra-indications and your chiropractor will be able to modify the treatment for certain conditions or, if necessary, recommend another health professional.
9. Is medication as effective as chiropractic adjustments?
Medication is an effective tool to control symptoms like pain and inflammation. The effectiveness of chiropractic care is based on the fact that it treats the underlying cause of the symptoms to enhance the function of the body. In some cases, chiropractic care can be used as an alternative to medical treatment. It can also be used a complement: medications can be taken while following chiropractic care.