The focus of chiropractic care is on reconnecting your nervous system.
It’s a scientific fact that your nervous system, composed of your brain, spinal cord and nerves, control every function of your body. Therefore, interference to this system causes miscommunication between your brain and the rest of your body and ultimately results in ill health. A common source of interference comes from misalignments of the vertebrae that are protecting your spinal cord, and this is called a subluxation.
Subluxations produce a variety of health problems, like numbness, weakness, tingling, pain, inflammation and tight muscles. Most people come to chiropractors because they have pain, but did you know that subluxations cause symptoms more than pain? Symptoms like high blood pressure, gallbladder problems, irritable bowel, anxiety, acid stomach, allergies, infertility, etc.
The medical approach to treating such symptoms are with drugs to chemically change the way your body works. But as you may also already know, all drugs have side effects, and over time they can cause irreversible damage and many times fatalities. In fact, one estimate says that properly prescribed medication is the #4 leading cause of death in the United States. As many as 2500 people die a week from this, which is as alarming as 1 airplane crash every day.
Chiropractic takes a different approach to treating symptoms by focusing on removing subluxations and reconnecting your nervous system. The intent is to restore your body’s ability to regulate and heal itself. Without drugs. Without surgery. A thorough examination of your spine helps locate the areas of subluxation. Then specific chiropractic adjustments are applied to correct and reduce these interferences. Chiropractic is simple. It’s natural. It honors the wisdom of your body. And it has helped millions enjoy relief and better health for more than a century.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, "locked up," or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.
How many adjustments will I need?
Since chiropractic depends on the healing rate of YOUR body, it’s hard to say exactly how many adjustments it will take. Some patients respond with just a few, others may take months of adjustments. At NCA we’d like you to at least consider committing to an initial program of 5 adjustments. After that we’ll re-evaluate and go from there.
The following factors play a role in how quickly you may respond and are the 3 causes of subluxations. The more you identify with, the longer your treatment plan may take.
(1) Physical Causes: Accidents, falls, repetitive job movements, lifting improperly, sitting too long, lack of exercise, overweight/obesity, poor posture, text neck, impact sports, previous surgeries, aging
(2) Emotional Causes: Stress, anger, anxiety, fear, depression
(3) Chemical Causes: Processed food diet, excess sugar, polluted environment, alcohol, drugs, prescription medicine, toxin exposure
What conditions may benefit from chiropractic care?
Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve low back pain, it has also been effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ pain, whiplash, disc conditions, sciatic pain/leg pain, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, automobile related injuries, sports related injuries, job-related injuries, numbness/tingling, hip pain, arm pain, headaches, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis and neuritis.
What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?
Educational and licensing requirements for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
DCs are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.
The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.
After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. The doctor evaluates each patient's unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient's care is uniquely different from every other patient.
Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment, which lasts only seconds.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.
Is chiropractic care addictive?
No. If only it were, there would be more healthy people around and chiropractors would not get patients who last saw a chiropractor "a few years ago when their back went out." It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not addictive, however, good health is.
Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?
No, however chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety of health problems not necessarily considered "back" problems because of improved nerve system function. With a normal nerve supply the body's natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health problems.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.
What causes the sound during an adjustment?
Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal "release," or "popping" sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.
Do children need chiropractic care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child's spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children's spine checked by a chiropractor. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.