Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to align the body’s musculoskeletal structure, enabling the body to heal itself without surgery or medication.

Yes, chiropractic care is generally safe when performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor. The most common reactions are minor soreness or discomfort at the manipulation site, which typically fades within 24 hours.

X-rays are not always required but can be necessary to diagnose conditions accurately and develop an effective treatment plan. Your chiropractor will decide based on your specific symptoms and health history.

Chiropractors are required to complete a four-year doctoral graduate school program, which includes both classroom and clinical training. They must also pass national board exams and obtain a state license to practice.

During your first visit, the chiropractor will take a health history and may perform physical exams, which could include X-rays. You’ll discuss your symptoms and concerns, and the chiropractor will explain potential treatment options.

Most patients do not experience any serious side effects. Some may feel mild soreness, stiffness, or tiredness for a short period after the treatment.

Chiropractic care can help manage the pain caused by arthritis by improving joint mobility and reducing inflammation.

The frequency of visits to a chiropractor depends on your individual health needs. Some might need weekly sessions, while others may benefit from a visit once a month or even less frequently.

Yes, it can help manage back pain, reduce nerve pain, and even potentially reduce labor time. Chiropractic care is adapted to ensure safety and comfort for both the mother and the fetus during pregnancy.

Yes, chiropractic treatments can relieve tension in the muscles around the joints and correct misalignment in the spine and jaw, reducing TMJ pain and improving function.

Chiropractors treat various conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, including migraines, sports injuries, and repetitive strains. They also address issues related to poor posture and musculoskeletal misalignments.

A chiropractic adjustment involves applying a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint using the hands or a small instrument. The goal is to improve spinal motion and physical function of the entire body.

The number of chiropractic sessions needed varies depending on the individual’s condition and response to treatment. Some people experience relief after a few sessions, while others may need regular adjustments to maintain health benefits.

Yes, chiropractic care is suitable for children of all ages. It’s a highly customized treatment, so chiropractors adjust techniques to meet the specific needs and body structures of children.

Coverage for chiropractic care varies by insurance provider and plan. It’s often included in health benefits packages, but it’s best to check with your insurance to understand the coverage details.

In chiropractic terms, a subluxation is a misalignment of the vertebrae that causes pressure on spinal nerves, affecting the body’s nervous system and overall health.

Yes, many patients with chronic pain find relief through chiropractic care, as it addresses the underlying issues that cause pain rather than just treating symptoms.

No, chiropractic adjustments do not make you taller. They can improve your posture, which might make you appear taller.

Chiropractic care is generally considered safe during pregnancy. Many chiropractors are specially trained to work with pregnant women and use adjustable tables that accommodate the pregnant belly safely.

Both chiropractors and osteopaths focus on treating the musculoskeletal system, but their approaches and areas of focus differ. Osteopaths can prescribe medication and perform surgeries, while chiropractors typically focus on manipulative adjustments and do not prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures.

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Chiropractors are trained to adjust in a very specific location and direction. Therefore, chiropractors highly advise against attempts at self-adjustment.