Frequently Asked Questions
On your first visit to Spine Align Chiropractic Centre (Initial Visit, not a Complimentary Initial Consultation), you can expect the doctor to go over your entire health history, and perform physical and orthopedic tests in order to find out the root of the problem. All of this takes approximately 30-45 minutes. After this visit is complete; the doctor will review the information gathered and decide if more tests are needed, such as x-rays, ultrasound or MRI. The second visit you have with the doctor will be your treatment with a treatment plan specifically tailored to you.
Between each pair of spinal bones is a disc. Its fibrous outer ring holds in a jelly-like material. This soft jelly-like center serves as a “ball bearing” for joint movement. Because of the way it attaches to spinal bone above and below it, a disc can’t actually “slip”. A disc can however; bulge, tear, herniated, dry out and collapse.
Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain to your spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue in your whole body. Signals sent back to the brain, let it know if your body is working right. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine is called a subluxation. A subluxation can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.
A pinched nerve is rare. It is more likely that an adjacent spinal bone irritates, stretches, rubs or chafes a nerve. These subluxations distort the nerve messages sent between the brain and body. This can produce unhealthy alterations to the organs and tissues connected by the affected nerves.
There are 3 basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes which include slips, falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Emotional causes such as fear, grief and anger. And lastly chemical causes such as; alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
You can have subluxations and not even know it! Like early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before any warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.
Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don’t resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor!
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren’t moving right. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.
Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are remarkably safe. By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuitable. Compared to statistics, adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over the counter pain reliever.
Highly unlikely. A chiropractic adjustment is special. It has the right amount of energy delivered to the exact spot, at a precise angle, at just the right time. The intent is to get a “stuck” spinal joint moving again, helping to reduce nerve interference. Years of training, practice and experience make adjustments specific and safe.
No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
Lubricating fluids separate bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s much like the opening of a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.
No. Each patient’s spine and care plan is unique. With 24 moving bones in the spine, each of which can move in seven different directions, we see a wide variety of spinal patterns. Each patient’s care is custom tailored for his or her age, condition, and health goals.
The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his or her individual health goals. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilizes. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment!! Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague for an adjustment to benefit from chiropractic care.
Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Preliminary studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are gentle. Knowing where to adjust, the doctor applies no more pressure then you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
If we’re unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer you to other specialists who may be able to help. Your health is our primary goal.
Patient results vary. Many report improved spinal curves and the total resumption of their normal lifestyles. Those who neglected or delayed seeking care often are slower progress. After improvement many patients discover that periodic chiropractic check ups can help avoid a relapse.
Your health affects everything you do and everyone you know. It is your most valuable possession! Yet each of us is free to place different value on our health. It’s convenient when an insurance company or third party helps pay the bill. But be careful! Don’t allow profit or motive of a huge corporation make the decision for you. Find out how we can make it affordable for just about anyone.
That’s changing every day! Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the benefits of chiropractic care. Attitudes are changing and as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery more and more medical practitioners are referring their patients to us!
No. Chiropractic doctors don’t dispense drugs. Because we relie on natural methods, we can show you how to use ice to control painful symptoms. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects of painful medications.
After patients get the relief they want, many chose to continue with some type of periodic care. These patients show up for their visits feeling great. These visits can support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve any new problems before they become serious. Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in otherwise good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctors recommendations.
Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractic doctor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.
Yes. Rest assured that your chiropractic doctor will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These are the areas that will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
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