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"The true purpose of a healer
is to unblock the healing system and allow it to do its work."

- Andrew Weil, M.D.
Eight Weeks to Optimum Health

What is Chiropractic?

"Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches." - American Chiropractic Association

What are Chiropractors?

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as Chiropractors or Chiropractic Physicians – practice a safe, natural, drug-free, hands-on approach to health care. Chiropractors are trained in patient examination, diagnosis and treatment, and to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

What is an adjustment?

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as a “chiropractic adjustment” or “spinal manipulation.” The purpose of the adjustment is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted as a result of a tissue injury. These hypomobile joints are called “subluxations”.

What is a subluxation?

Subluxations are spinal joints that are “locked up” and are irritating nearby nerve tissue. They can caused by a single traumatic event, such as car accident, a slip or fall, an improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting at a desk with improper spinal posture for an extended period of time. Chiropractic adjustments bring motion to these locked up joints and help restore nerve function, decrease inflammation and pain, increase joint function, and improve healing.

Do adjustments hurt?

Rarely. After an adjustment, most patients report an instant sense of well-being and increased mobility. Sometimes, however, patients may experience mild soreness or aching similar to what you would fee with exercising after not exercising for a long while.

Can I adjust myself?

Actually, you most likely already do. Self adjusting is natural and happens all the time. Our bodies have the innate ability to self-correct as we go through our day, or when we sleep at night. However, sometimes our bodies don’t self adjust, and these spinal in turn irritate nearby nerve tissue. This is where chiropractors come in - to bring motion back to these stuck areas.

Can subluxations clear up on their own?

Of course! (Same answer as above.) Subluxations are clearing up on their own daily. When subluxations don't resolve, however, is when doctors of chiropractors come in handy.

Are adjustments safe?

Yes. A Spine magazine national study concluded that the risk of a serious adverse event following chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine is " low to very low." A New Zealand government study concluded that chiropractic adjustments are "remarkably safe." Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky.

Can children get subluxations?

Children are a subluxation - they irritate nerves. Hah! Just kidding. Of course children can get subluxations. The birthing process itself places tremendous pressures on their little spines. Many of your child’s unexplained behaviors - i.e., unprovoked crying, irritability, loss of appetite - can be signs of spinal subluxations.

Is chiropractic good for Mothers-to-be?

Definitely. Chiropractic care creates an optimum environment for your baby to realize his or her full potential. At pre-conception, chiropractic prepares the body to be strong, supple and as balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy. During pregnancy, regular chiropractic care helps maintain alignment and flexibility and can help the baby assume a more optimal birthing position. Most patients report less discomfort and a greater sense of well-being.

Safe and Natural

Chiropractic - it’s a safe, natural, drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that’s helped millions enjoy relief and better health. If you have any questions t hat we haven’t answered here, please contact us.

2009 by the American Chiropractic Association.
2007 by Spine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1 October 2007 - Volume 32 - Issue 21 - pp 2375-2378.
1997, Andrew Weil, M.D. Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Alfred A. Knopf, New York.