Here are some questions we hear from our patients.
Many people aren’t familiar with chiropractic care. That’s okay! Part of what we love doing is helping people understand the wellness benefits of chiropractic care, especially those who aren’t familiar with what chiropractors do. This list of frequently asked questions will help answer some of the questions people have before receiving an adjustment or other therapeutic care.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle technique used to move the vertebrae to their normal positions and restore proper function & health.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes! A 1979 New Zealand Ministry of Health study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” The study also noted that, “chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record.” For further reading, you can view the complete New Zealand Ministry of Health study here:
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services) also mentions the safety of chiropractic care in an in-depth report. It is interesting to compare the list of minor side effects they note in that section with the side effects of most over-the-counter pain medications.
What does an adjustment feel like?
Most patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Since repeated adjustments are necessary, if adjustments did not feel good, patients wouldn’t return to finish their care. Chiropractors are experts at making adjustments feel good.
How many adjustments will I need?
The number of adjustments needed varies with each patient and their individual health goals. Many patients sense some progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits are less often as the spine stabilizes. In difficult cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
Can a newborn get adjusted?
Yes. Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Colic, unusual crying, poor appetite or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Adjustments are gentle. Knowing exactly where to adjust is crucial, and no more pressure is used on an infant than what you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?
Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. However, surgery may produce compensation reactions either above or below the involved level. If necessary, these other areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.