What is Chiropractic?
Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a healing art that recognizes the nervous system as the primary determining factor of a person’s health. The human nervous system regulates all life-sustaining functions such as movement, blood circulation, digestion, breathing, and immunity from disease. The nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord, which resides inside the spine. Nerves branch out from the spinal cord, exit from between the bones of the spine (vertebrae), and divide numerous times until every cell in the body is reached. Nerves are like electrical wires that run through our body, and the brain is like a “generator” sending electrical impulses through these nerves to every single cell, telling them what to do. Thanks to this miraculous system, living in good health is possible-our digestive system automatically converts our meals into living tissue; our lungs automatically take in and extract oxygen from air; cuts and wounds automatically heal; and invading germs are automatically attacked and destroyed.Whenever the nervous system is functioning properly, optimum health is possible.
The spine, although designed to protect the spinal cord and its delicate nerves, very often does the opposite. In the course of living, we encounter minor and major trauma to the spine, such as the birthing (delivery) process, slips and falls, sporting accidents, car accidents (whiplash), repetitive/cumulative trauma associated with work (typing, lifting) or a hobby (tennis, crocheting, etc.); poor posture, and obesity. Over time, these events can cause the spine to change shape, or misalign, and irritate the nerves within. This results in body dysfunction and ill-health. Symptoms of spinal misalignment can include pain, numbness, and tingling in the spine or limbs; chronic headaches; frequent colds, and the feeling of fatigue and stress.
Chiropractic is the art and science of detecting spinal misalignments, called subluxations, and correcting them naturally and painlessly, without the use of drugs or surgery. When spinal irritation to the nerves is reduced, nerve function is restored, and the body typically returns to a more optimal state, resulting in improved health.
Chiropractors use the spinal adjustment as the main method of spinal correction. A spinal adjustment is a precise, manually delivered, gentle force into a stuck or misaligned joint. Adjustments improve range-of-motion (flexibility) and can result in a sensation of well being due to improved nerve and vascular (circulatory) function.
Millions of people across the nation are turning to chiropractic for:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Preventive health care
Chiropractic is effective, non-invasive, and extremely safe. If you suffer from any of the conditions above, call us today!
“I Don’t “Believe” In Chiropractic!”
Chiropractic is not a “belief” system. It has been helping suffering people since 1895 and has countless scientific studies as proof. So, if you have been misinformed, let me offer some REAL PROOF from some leading experts:
“There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that Chiropractic management of low back pain is more cost-effective than medical management… Chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low back pain. Chiropractic management is greatly superior to medical management in terms of scientific validity, safety, cost-effectiveness and patient satisfaction.”
Pran Manga, PhD.
The Effectiveness And Cost Effectiveness Of Chiropractic Management Of Low Back Pain. University Of Ottowa, 1993
“There are more than 30 randomized controlled clinical trials studying the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the relief of spinal pain, the majority of which have looked at acute low back pain. Manipulation has been compared to most non-surgical treatment modalities including placebo, ultrasound, traction, exercise, bed rest, analgesics and corsets. The meta-analyses performed by Anderson et al led to the conclusion that the average patient receiving spinal manipulation is better off than 54 to 85% of the patients receiving the comparison treatment.”
Dr. Scott Halderman, M.D., D.C., PhD., FRCP(C), Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine. Presented at the Alternative And Complementary Medicine And The Orthopedic Surgeon, February, 28, 2001
There is much more proof, but, I think you get the picture.
“I’m Afraid It Is Going To Hurt!”
This one’s easy. Chiropractic care should not hurt! Our techniques are extremely gentle and most patients say they either felt only gentle pressure… or… almost nothing at all. The only time there is any discomfort at all is when you are in such severe pain you can not even move or be touched. But in that case, your pain will come from getting to my office… my treatments should hopefully start ending your pain. In many cases – immediately.
If you have been to another Chiropractor and it was painful, they possibly either used the wrong technique for you… or… may not have been proficient in their chosen technique. Most people know Chiropractic has been proven to work wonders with back and neck pain… but… most people don’t know is — there are many different Chiropractic techniques. Last I heard, there were over 300.
What this means is: you can walk into two different Chiropractor’s offices on the same block… and… get two very different treatments — with two very different results! What this also means is: you can give one Chiropractor a try… and if he or she does not produce the results you want… you think CHIROPRATIC failed. And, you give up on Chiropractic altogether.
Nothing could be further from the truth and making that conclusion could lead to many years of unnecessary pain and suffering. I’m not sure why so many people think this way. Everyone knows all dentists are different. One can completely ruin your teeth while another fixes the mess and gives you a movie-star smile.
Have you seen any of those shows where a good plastic surgeon takes a patient that was totally butchered by another surgeon and works absolute miracles? The same is true for heart surgeons, car mechanics and, of course, Chiropractors. But, I think it’s even more difficult to choose a Chiropractor that’s right for you because of all those techniques and different ways of practicing. Which brings us to…
“Once I Start Going I Have To Go
For The Rest Of My Life?”
No you don’t. That’s one of the biggest wives tales about Chiropractic. After your complete evaluation, you will be given the best possible treatment plan to get you out of pain as fast as humanly possible. If another Chiropractor told you that you had to keep coming forever, they may not be the right one for you.
“I Don’t Think You Can Help Me!”
We’re going to be very honest with you – neither do we – When you come in, we’ll be able to tell if you qualify for our program or not. But we can tell you this: we’ve put together, what we consider to be, the ultimate system for many cases of back and neck pain that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else (unless you get a little lucky and stumble across another doctor who’s gone to the insane lengths we’ve gone to put all this together). This system can possibly quickly relieve many… if not all… of your back and neck pain…
· No matter how long you’ve been suffering. It really may not matter. It may take a little more time if you’ve been suffering for years as opposed to a “fresh” case… but in the end… you can still get tremendous results.
· No matter if you’ve already had surgery. I have treated many patients over the years… with great success… who have gone through back or neck surgery without results. Some were even made worse by the surgery. Because many times surgery misses the REAL cause of your pain, there is still a good chance I can help you.
· And no matter how old or helpless you THINK your case is. Most of my patients thought they were either too old or hopeless for anything to help them. Many of their previous doctors told them that. Well you’re probably NOT. With this system… there is always hope. Many of our patients have told us we were their last resort. Last stop before packing it in and completely giving up. They soon found out that our treatments usually made it astonishingly easy to get relief.
“My pain is Not That Bad – Won’t It Just Get Better All By Itself?”
Usually NOT. I can tell you this: In most cases, back pain does NOT get better all by itself. Research shows that 75% of back pain sufferers will still suffer with either pain or disability or pain and disability 12 months after consulting a doctor without any treatment. And the worst thing is: when you ignore your pain, thinking it will get better all by itself, you run the risk of it getting worse. Sometimes MUCH worse.
What happens if you ignore a little toothache? Does it just “go away all by itself?” Sometimes. But, it always comes back – with a vengeance. Usually to the tune of a root canal, several thousand dollars… and… a whole bunch of pain and suffering. All unnecessary. All 100% avoidable.
Let me be crystal clear on this issue – little back and neck pains… in most cases… do not simply go away all by themselves. Like that toothache, they rear their ugly head again later. And like that toothache, when they come back, it’s usually much worse.
But the BIG problem is: When your teeth get bad, your Dentist can give you a root canal… or even… replace your teeth. That is not an option for your back and neck pain. There is no root canal. No replacement spine. Just look around. There are people everywhere… in constant pain… that said to themselves… 20 years ago… “it will just get better all by itself.”
“Why Should I Choose You If You Are Not
Covered By My Insurance Or On My HMO List?”
If you are concerned about insurance coverage, you have every right to be. And, I’m going to answer this question very bluntly: Insurance companies are businesses run for profit. Their #1 priority is to make money – not to pay for your best possible health care.
If I am not on your HMO list, it is because I have chosen not to be. I have chosen to treat my patients the best way I know how – with the patient’s best interest in mind — not the way an insurance adjuster tells me to.
There is an old saying: You almost always get what you pay for. And, in this case, it is true.
We will be the first to admit, we are NOT the cheapest Chiropractor around. But “expensive” is always relative. It all depends on what you compare it to. Is our fee expensive compared to possibly a life of pain and suffering? Is it expensive compared to getting worse and being forced to have painful surgery? Is it expensive compared potentially to not doing all the things you want to do because you are constantly in pain? How about compared to a possible life long dependency on all those pain pills you’re taking… like Advil, Motrin and Aleve that kill 155,000 people every year. Besides the dangerous side effects… ever add up the cost of popping those pills — over 20 or 30 years?
The bottom line is: You can go first or second class, that’s your decision; but you get exactly what you pay for. If you are opposed to taking personal responsibility for your own health care, frankly, this program is not for you.