What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly. Effectively treating the cause of the skeletal dysfunction not only eliminates symptoms but assists in the prevention of the return of the condition.

What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve neck and lower back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, numbness in the arms and legs, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and infantile colic.

What do adjustments feel like?
After a gentle adjustive thrust, many patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Others feel improved mobility. Inflammation or muscle spasms may delay these positive effects. Doctors of Chiropractic excel at making adjustments comfortable and effective.

Who can chiropractic help?
Improved nerve communications between your brain and your body can help everyone. This form of gentle care is available for all ages. Different therapeutic approaches are utilized for different patients, based upon their age and presenting conditions. Modified adjusting approaches can help children, the elderly or those with special needs.

What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.

What can I expect on my first visit?
The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The DC will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your condition and the best way to go about treating the problem.

A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your DC's clinical judgement, which may include x-rays and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.

How long will I need chiropractic care?
Some patients see quick improvement and then immediately discontinue their care. They often suffer a relapse since muscles and soft tissue have not had time to fully heal. Others discover that degenerative changes to their spines make routine checkups a worthwhile investment. Everyone recovers at their own pace. we'll make recommendations, but how long you benefit from chiropractic care is up to you.

What is Decompression Therapy System (traction based procedure)?
Decompression Therapy is a nonsurgical procedure that effectively treats disabling low back, neck and radiating leg and arm pain. This therapy effectively relieves pain associated with disc herniation, degenerative discs, posterior facet and compression related syndromes. Decompression Therapy effectively enhances the healing process and renders quick and effective relief that enables most patients to return to a more active lifestyle.

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