Frequently Asked Questions

How does Chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals are also sent back to the brain to confirm your body is working correctly. Improper motion or position of the bones of the spine are called subluxations, which can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of the affected organs and tissues. Specific chiropractic adjustments improve mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.

How can chiropractic add comfort to my pregnancy and a safer birth?

A large percent of all pregnant women experience back discomfort/pain during pregnancy. This is due to the rapid growth of the baby and changes to your body’s normal structure. Pre-existing unnoticed imbalances in your spine and pelvis become overtaxed and very apparent during these times. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the common discomforts experienced in pregnancy. Specific adjustments eliminate these stresses in your spine, restore balance to your pelvis and result in greater comfort and lifestyle improvements.As your baby develops, your uterus enlarges to accommodate the rapid growth. So long as the pelvis is in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus maintain an equalized, supportive suspension for the uterus. If your pelvis is out of balance in any way, these ligaments become torqued and twisted causing a condition known as constraint to your uterus. This constraint limits the space of the developing baby. If the woman’s uterus is constrained as birth approaches, the baby is prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth.Even if the baby is in the desirable head down position, often times constraint to the uterus affects the baby’s head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery. The head may be slightly tilted off to one side or even more traumatically, present in the posterior position.Any baby position even slightly off during birth may slow down labor, and add pain to both the mother and baby. Published studies have indicated that chiropractic care does in fact reduce labor time!Dr. Chanel and Dr. Mary are both certified in the Webster technique. This technique is specific to pregnancy and works especially with the balance of the pelvis. Mom’s who receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy tend to have an easier, safer delivery.

Why do newborns get adjustments?

Birth can be a traumatic process for both the mother and child, even in natural childbirth. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right away. If a baby is checked for subluxations at birth, then many signs of spinal distress may not occur, like colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections, nursing difficulties, erratic sleeping patterns, allergic reactions and chronic infections. Pediatric adjustments are extremely gentle, usually babies enjoy the process and are very relaxed. 

How do I get subluxations (misalignments)?

There are three basic causes of subluxations

  • Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, chronic bad posture or improper lifting.
  • Emotions such as grief, fear and anger can cause subluxations.
  • Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.

How do I know if I have a subluxation?

You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs or symptoms appear. However, signs are there. Feelings of pain, anxiety, fatigue, and less than optimal bodily functions such as high blood pressure, slow metabolism, constipation, etc, can be signs that you have these subluxations. The results of an examination can show the location and severity of subluxations.

What is an adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a small quick thrust that restores motion and neurological function to joints that aren’t moving correctly. Most methods use the doctor’s hands, but others use instruments, a special table or the force of gravity. There are over 100 chiropractic adjusting techniques, so not all Chiropractors adjust the same way…and not all patients are adjusted the same way!

What makes that sound during an adjustment?

Lubricating fluids are present in all joints and some adjusting methods can produce a sound when gas within that fluid are released. Much like a soda can that releases C02 gas when opened, the joint releases the same! The sound is interesting, but it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.

Why should children have chiropractic care?

As the infant grows, learns to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk spinal alignment is affected and it is an important time to have a child checked. As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities, small yet significant spinal subluxations (misalignments) may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life (scoliosis is a great example). Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nervous system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.One of the most common reason parents seek care for their child is after trauma from an injury. These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

As long as you want to be healthy. People sometimes say, “Once you start seeing a Chiropractor, you have to go for the rest of your life.” You don’t always have to go, only as long as you want to be healthy. You wouldn’t go to the gym once and be in great shape or brush your teeth once and have healthy teeth. It’s a commitment to your health and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s easier to stay well, stay in great shape or have a great smile if you do each regularly. After all, you get your teeth, eyes and your hearing checked regularly-why not your spine? Your whole body will thank you for it. Of course, you won’t have to see the Chiropractor every day. Depending on the person’s age, occupation, lifestyle and health goals, each patient’s care program is custom-tailored for the their needs.