Answers to Commonly Asked Chiropractic Questions
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractic care is a health profession that focuses on relieving pain of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Many disease conditions and injuries cause pain. Chiropractic providers are extensively trained to use techniques to properly align the body and alleviate pain of the body’s muscles, nerves and joints.
Does treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatments are generally not painful. In fact many people often feel immediate relief of pain during their first visit. Some conditions may require additional treatments before pain relief is at its optimum. The type and length of treatment is dependent upon your individual health conditions and needs.
Are there any side effects?
Some people may feel the minor effects of muscle stiffness or fatigue. These effects are generally mild in nature and subside quickly.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. Chiropractic care has alleviated chronic pain for many people who have suffered with pain after having back surgery. Chiropractic care may also actually help post surgical patients to prevent the need for further surgeries. Some patients who have utilized Chiropractic care actually credit their Chiropractic provider for negating the need for surgery.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes. Chiropractic care can be a benefit to children. Children are generally very physically active and can have problems with body alignment and experience pain. Children can be prone to injury due to accidents, sports or play.
Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Yes. Chiropractic care in pregnancy can help ease the discomfort caused by the body changes that occur during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can place the body in proper alignment to facilitate and ease the birth process.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Chiropractic adjustments are performed using precise techniques. Extensive training is required to perform chiropractic adjustments. However, your Chiropractic provider will be able to advise you on specific exercises that you may do independently to help you maintain a maximum healthy state.
Is chiropractic care addictive?
No. Although regular Chiropractic care is recommended it is not addictive. A typical treatment plan can range from 4-20 visits. Treatment plans are specialized and dependent on your specific needs. It is possible that upon completion of your individual treatment plan you may not require a follow up visit unless you develop a problem.