What is an Adjustment?
A Chiropractic adjustment applies a specific force to the bones that are out of proper alignment or not moving properly (subluxated). There are many different ways to adjust these subluxated vertebrae.
Each patient’s care is tailored to suit his or her age, condition, body type and health goals. The purpose of the adjustments is to remove any interference to the nervous system, which improves spinal function and overall health. Adjustments are safe for all ages and are completely natural.
Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe”. Chiropractic’s conservative and natural approach to health care is what makes it so safe and helps millions of satisfied patients avoid harmful drugs or unnecessary surgery.
What makes the sound during adjustments?
Sometimes adjustments can produce a sound. The “popping” sound or audible release is the result of gas shifting in the joint; similar to the noise created by “cracking” your knuckles. This sound is painless and causes no harm.
How do you get Subluxations?
Subluxations are commonly caused by 3 different stresses.
Physical stresses on the spine and nervous system may include slips and falls, motor vehicle accidents, repetitive motion, poor posture, improper sleeping childhood falls and even the birthing process.
Chemical stresses includes alcohol abuse, not drinking enough water, smoking, improper diet, or the overuse of drugs or medications.
Emotional stress is a major cause of subluxation due to its effect on the hormonal and muscular systems of the body.
Regardless of the cause, these subluxations need to be detected and removed.
How Can I tell if I have a subluxation?
In most cases you can have subluxations and not even know it. Just like the early stages of tooth decay, subluxations can be present long before any symptoms become apparent. Only chiropractors have the training in the detection and correction of subluxations.
Why do chiropractors take X-rays?
In order to properly diagnose a patient’s condition, x-rays are commonly taken. These x-rays are used to check vertebral alignment, disc degeneration, proper curvature, scoliosis, and other serious pathology. Our modern x-ray facilities utilize the latest technology to limit patient exposure, the amount of radiation used is far outweighed by the useful information gained by actually seeing the patient’s spine.
Once I start Chiropractic, do I have to go for the rest of my life?
Not at all, you decide how much or how little Chiropractic care you want. However, we at Yes Chiropractic recommend getting your spine checked for Subluxations periodically throughout your lifetime, because it is healthy for you to do so. Patients under long-term chiropractic care report many benefits for doing so.
Is it OK to see a Chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Pregnant women report getting great results from Chiropractic. Chiropractors are trained in special techniques for adjusting pregnant women that are comfortable and safe. Women under Chiropractic care can have a significantly faster delivery than those who are not.
Can a person with previous back surgery see a Chiropractor?
Definitely. Chiropractic care may prevent repetitive surgeries, or better yet, if used initially, may help avoid surgery in the first place.Unfortunately, research shows that up to one-half of those who have spinal surgery report a relapse of their original symptoms within months or years. This common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome,” and usually results in the necessity of additional procedures.
Does cracking my back cause arthritis?
No, it is actually the opposite. In fact, a lot of research has shown that having joints that do not move properly or that do not move enough cause arthritis. Chiropractic adjustments involve restoring normal motion to the joints. Additionally, studies show that those who enjoy chiropractic from a younger age may reduce their risk of osteoarthritis later in life.