FAQ's Chiropractic




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FAQ's Chiropractic

What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The body's functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body and is known as a subluxation. Chiropractic is the science and art of giving a thorough and detailed examination of the body and joints, locating misalignments and interferences to the nervous system, and removing them, so the body can function optimally and health be restored. This may take one, or a series of treatments to stabilize the condition.

Chiropractic has the education and technology to treat many problems, not just back and neck pain. Chiropractors also promote exercising, stretching the muscles, and eating a healthy diet.


What causes misalignment or interferences to the nervous system?
Physical causes of nerve interference could include a difficult childbirth, accidents and injuries including slips and falls, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause interference. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and a poor diet. Today's hectic lifestyles are a constant source of body imbalance. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems, but many times a chiropractor has expedite the process. Once body balance is restored, the body has a much greater ability to maintain this balance and clear problems up on its own.


Is Chiropractic 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 unsuited. The doctor will specifically design a treatment plan to get you the best results in the shortest amount of time and for the least amount of money depending on your specific circumstances and case. Our job is to offer you the very best care and we stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. Once the problem has been relieved, chiropractic can help with prevention of similar problems by identifying certain strains that the body is exposed to everyday. How long a patient decides to benefit from chiropractic care is up to the individual and their chiropractor.


When should I notice a difference?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take four weeks (musculoskeletal symptoms) to 3 months (systemic problems) depending on the severity of the condition. Many factors can affect the healing process:
• How long have you had your problem
• Are you keeping your appointments
• Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition
• Are you in otherwise good condition

Within a short period of time (usually 30 days), most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctor's recommendations. Many patients who complete initial intensive care and reach stabilization, only come in 3 or 4 times year to maintain the progress they have made.


How long will it take me to get well under adjustments?
The length of time will depend upon how long the vertebrae (spinal bones) have been displaced, how successful the adjustment is in reducing the displacements, how much damage has been done to the nerve tracts and fibers, the vitality of the patient, and the rate of response of the nerve fibers to the adjustment.


Many benefits accrue to the chiropractic patient other than those for which he/she sought chiropractic care. Some of these are:

• Better performance of the nervous system resulting in improvement in respiration, cardiac rate control, circulatory improvement, better functioning of the digestive tract, better elimination
• Improved spinal balance through correction of the pelvic alignment
• Realignment of the gravity center of the body, causing better posture
• Correction of spastic contracture in skeletal (body framework) muscles, thereby resolving back pain
• Equalization of leg lengths providing better body-weight distribution and protecting spinal discs
• Improved positions of internal organs.


Do vertebrae "snap" out of place?
Not unless there has been a rather severe injury. The vertebrae of the cervical (neck) spine have little to hold them, especially the atlas which is held only by ligaments and muscles and must support the weight of the head. It is more vulnerable to injury than are the other vertebral segments.



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marker1501 S Yale Street, Suite 250
Flagstaff, AZ 86001