Frequently asked questions:
Q: Should I be sore after an adjustment?
A: If you haven’t had an adjustment in a while, then it is common to be sore the day after an adjustment. Sometimes the area that is adjusted could have been subluxated for weeks, months or years. And if the spine has been ‘ locked ‘ out of position for quite some time, the soft tissues that surround the spine will not be used to that movement. It’s like going and working in your garden for the 1st time in spring. It’ll be just a little out of shape.
Q: Why do I have to come back again and again when I’m not hurting?
A: If you have chosen to do corrective care or fix the problem, then the spine will need to be retrained. Each vertebra is held in position by ligaments. Ligaments are very tough and are not easily changed. Studies have shown that it could take between 8 and 10 months for ligaments to completely change in length. During your report of findings as a patient in this office, I show you your x-rays and explain to you the spinal position that you have and what spinal position you should have. Let’s say your neck curve is 13° and it should be between 40 and 43°. If you choose to do corrective care, then you’ll have to have 3 adjustments per week along with specific exercises, stretches and rehab to stretch the ligaments again and again into the direction of where the curve should be. Studies have shown treatments that are performed daily down to 3 times a week can make a change in the spine alignment, but when it drops down to 2 times a week or less there is no change and there is only symptom relief. Symptoms are usually the last thing that appear and the 1st to go away once treatment has started, but that doesn’t mean the spine has not changed into a new position.
Q: Why do you suggest that I come get an adjustment while I’m sick?
A: Getting adjusted as much as you can while you’re sick can help stimulate white blood cell production and the efficiency of the white blood cells. Adjusting C-1 and C-2, which is the top 2 vertebrae in the neck, can help with the draining of the ears. Your nervous system is synonymous with your immune system. Adjustments help stimulate and regulate the nervous system so they can do its proper job.
Q: I just want to get adjusted, why do I have to do the exam and x-rays?
A: Getting an exam and x-rays are the proper way of determining the cause of the symptom that you complain of. It’s for the safety of you as well as me. You might have been to another chiropractor that didn’t do these things and he adjusted you just fine but that doesn’t mean that that was correct in finding the cause of the problem that you come in for. There are many different adjusting techniques and performing an exam will help me determine what type of technique to use. The x-rays will give me clues into the duration and prognosis of your treatment as well as serve a starting point to compare to when we do correction.
Q: Do we take insurance?
A: NO. We can print a receipt/superbill so that you can turn in the office visit to your insurance company.
Q: Do I really need to get adjusted from now on?
A: Only if you want to stay as healthy as possible. Adjustments help the nervous system function as best as you possibly can. Your general lifestyle can be enough to cause subluxations in the spine. Emotions, bad posture, nutritional deficiencies, gravity, old injuries, bad beds, bad positions at work, allergies, electromagnetic stresses on the body and toxins are some of the main examples which cause subluxations.
Q: Why am I still in pain right after the adjustment?
A: Most people usually should not have any pain after an adjustment. Once in a while you can have muscle spasms around the area that was adjusted. It is common to be a little sore after an adjustment if you have not received an adjustment in quite some time. Sometimes if the adjustment doesn’t move the bone like it should it will cause a little discomfort that will last a few minutes.
Q: I’ve been getting adjustments most of my life, so why is my spine so bad?
A: There are many things that can cause the spine to be so degenerated. The main cause is lack of movement in that spinal region. That is where chiropractic adjustments are so important. You say that you been getting adjusted most of your life? How often were those adjustments? Did you know that the stress of everyone’s lifestyles these days creates so much tension that your spine can easily get misaligned or subluxation. If you have no symptoms and your health is really good, you should get adjustments at least once a month. There are many things that can cause subluxations in the spine such as: bad posture, emotional stresses, nutritional intake and diet, allergies, gravity, difficult births, worn-out beds, repetitive positions and motion during work, old injuries whether they be car wrecks or athletic activities and many other things in daily life. So if you’ve not had in any of those causes, then you should be getting adjusted once a month.
Q: What makes you or your clinic different than others?
A: We listen to your needs and try to give you a plan that would be most beneficial to meet your health goals. If you want to just temporary relieve the problem, then we will do that. If you want to correct the problem, then we will do that. We try to take the whole body approach and make a plan that is tailored for each individual patient. I use applied kinesiology which helps in the diagnosing of many different kinds of health concerns. If you have a chronic pain that has not been relieved with adjustments alone then the muscles surrounding the area of complaint have been shut down by the nervous system.
When a muscle is overloaded beyond its ability to sustain the load, one of two things happen. The muscle fibers tear and/or the nervous system inhibits the muscle. Much like a circuit breaker in an electrical circuit. This is done to protect the muscle from more severe injury.
If the inhibited muscle is loaded again during physical activity it will not be able to contract appropriately to support the force applied and will be weak. If the muscle continues to be stressed, the body will create pain so as to avoid more damage. See A.M.I.T. method for more explanation.
I also do a type of emotional release technique. What if sensitivities are causing subluxations in your spine? I do sensitivity elimination. If you have chronic ankle in the or low back problems that adjustments from other chiropractors have not helped, then we look at your foundation which are your feet, and decide what we need to do starting at the foundation. I give you certain health tips, stretching, ergonomic positioning and many other little tidbits of information that could help with your problem. I carry a wide variety of clinical nutrition products which can help either from infections, organ or gland dysfunctions and detoxification methods.
Q: What type of techniques do you use?
A: I don’t use just one technique on everyone. I can use a variety of techniques depending on the patient’s body type and condition. I use diversified, SOT technique, drop table, activator, NET, CBP, Gonsted, A.M.I.T. and applied kinesiology.