***1. What is chiropractic? *

Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy of locating and correcting vertebral subluxations. This is achieved through gentle, and specific chiropractic adjustments allowing your body to regain functionality.

***2. What is a subluxation? *

A misalignment of one or more of your spinal vertebrae which can cause interference to your nervous system. This inhibits your body's natural ability to heal itself and with the subluxation removed, function at optimum potential is restored. .

***3. What is an adjustment?*

A gentle, specific "thrust" delivered by hand or instrument. The purpose of the adjustment is to correct your spinal subluxation(s) thus removing the nerve interference in your body.

***4. Does it hurt to get adjusted?*

No. Chiropractic adjustments feel great. I am confident that once you begin receiving your adjustments; you will begin to look forward to them. When you allow the vertebrae in your spine to return to their proper position, you will notice much less stress and tension.

***5. Is chiropractic care safe? *

Yes. Chiropractic care is safe and cost effective. Millions of people receive chiropractic adjustments, each year, with good results. Chiropractic continues to become a preferred treatment option for several conditions, without the side effects of medication.

***6. Why do my children need chiropractic care? *

The birth process is often the cause of your child's first subluxation. A very soft and undeveloped spine of an infant can suffer trauma during delivery. It is estimated that as much as 80lbs of pulling pressure can be exerted to remove a baby from the birth canal. Then, as children grow up and become more adventurous, the numbers of injuries to their spines become countless. The repeated falls as children learn to walk, the running, jumping, twisting, bumping and falling all over the place while playing in the yard or on an athletic field will often cause your child to become subluxated. Chiropractic care offers your child a more responsive body, a more balanced flow of energy and overall increased performance as she/he passes through their windows of development. A subluxation free child also minimizes the risk of future health challenges.

***7. What causes the sound made during a chiropractic adjustment?*

That sound is not your spine "cracking" or "popping" like most people think. That sound is created by gas rushing out to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. Another example of this phenomenon would be the "pop" sound you hear when the cork is taken out of a champagne bottle. Not all chiropractic adjusting techniques produce this noise. In fact, some adjusting techniques use little force and thus produce no noise at all.

***8. Is it bad to "crack" your back or neck a lot?*

This question is frequently asked because people associate the "cracking" or "popping" of one's back or neck with a chiropractic adjustment and also with the spine going out of alignment and into subluxation. The two are not the same thing. If a person has a desire to "crack" his/her neck or back it is often because one area of their spine is fixated or jammed causing another area to move too much and "pop", properly adjusted by a chiropractor so that the other parts of the spine will not be hypermobile and noisy. When you "crack" your back you may be relieving the tension for a little while. Do you notice how it keeps coming back? That is because you are not giving yourself a specific chiropractic adjustment. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed (subluxated) vertebrae, has not been corrected. Any person who makes a habit out of "cracking" or "popping" their back or neck needs to go to a Doctor of Chiropractic to have their spine checked. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself.

***9. Once you see a chiropractor, do you have to go for the rest of your life?*

No. The extent to which you choose to benefit from your chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. Each and everyone of us is solely responsible for the quality of our health and well-being. However, we do strongly urge all practice members to consider lifetime, wellness chiropractic care. This is where the long-term, lasting benefits of care are enjoyed. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are a lifestyle decision and so is lifetime, wellness chiropractic care. You need to remain subluxation free for life.

***10. Should I continue chiropractic care if I don't have any symptoms and I feel better?*

Yes. Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your subluxations are corrected. Most of the practice members seen in our office have spinal degeneration (decay) which has taken years to develop. The trauma of the birth process, slips, falls, accidents and countless other stresses over the course of your lifetime adversely affect the health of your spine. The longer you wait to have your spine checked by a chiropractor, the longer it will take to correct your subluxations. However, how you choose to use chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. It has been our experience that those who stop care when they are "feeling fine" return with the same health challenge(s) which brought them to our office in the first place...only it's usually gotten worse. On the other hand, those practice members who commit to long-term, wellness chiropractic care, find their health challenge(s) rarely return and they enjoy a higher quality of life and health.

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