September 15, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions concerning Chiropractic care, a Chiropractic Doctor and what to expect.

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About Chiropractic Care

Can I be adjusted?

What is Spinal Subluxation?

What do chiropractic doctors do?

The primary focus of chiropractic is to identify spinal subluxations (misalignments causing nerve stress) and reduce or if possible correct them. The word Chiropractic is derived from Greek and means “performed by hand.” Chiropractors use a gentle approach known as a spinal adjustment to correct the cause of many health problems.

What type of education do chiropractic doctors get?

Chiropractors must complete a minimum of four years of full-time undergraduate courses. Once enrolled in chiropractic school a further four years of intensive study emphasizing anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, body-mechanics, x-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and many other related subjects. To graduate with Doctor of Chiropractic degree, the candidate must pass the demanding Board Examinations followed by a licensing examination before being granted the privilege to practice Chiropractic.

How safe is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is remarkably safe. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.

Why do children need chiropractic care?

Since significant spinal trauma can occur during the birth process many parents have their newborns checked for subluxation (spinal misalignment.) Later, learning to walk, or ride a bicycle, and many other childhood activities can cause spinal problems. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” can often be traced to spinal problems. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and seem much healthier than other children. Chiropractic for children can help to avoid many other health complaints seen later in adulthood.

Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?

Most surgical cases begin with spinal subluxations which chiropractic can often correct. If a condition is detected soon enough, generally, back surgery would rarely be needed.

If I start chiropractic care do I have to keep going?

Absolutely not. Similar to exercise, a person can begin, stop, or continue Chiropractic adjustments as desired. Spinal adjustments do not have an addicting effect, nor do they create a condition whereby a person is worse off after receiving spinal adjustments. But stress causes the bones to misalign and we are under stress everyday, so it is a good idea to at least get checked on a regular basis. The more the subluxations are corrected, the stronger the spine becomes.

I am not in pain or sick should I see a chiropractor?

Most people that have their first heart attack had no idea they had a problem before. In the same way symptoms or the lack thereof are not a good way to judge one’s health. Pain and other symptoms often show up only after years of body malfunction. Most people maintain their automobiles much better than they do their own bodies. Chiropractic is a preventative proactive type of health care.

What is the biggest benefit to a Chiropractic Lifestyle?

Simply put, ongoing chiropractic check-ups and adjustments help to ensure that you can enjoy your life to the fullest extent in a body that feels and works at its possible best!

What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific low-force in a precise direction applied to a bone that is subluxated, “stuck,” or not moving properly. This “adjustment” adds motion to the spinal joints helping the bone gradually return to more normal motion and more normal position. By doing this the adjustment releases tension or stress from the neighboring spinal nerves and spinal cord, leading to relief, improved nerve function and improved health.

Do spinal adjustments weaken or loosen the spine in any way?

In a word, no. Spinal adjustments restore the normal, healthy motion and position that each spinal segment requires. Because spinal adjustments, delivered by a trained chiropractic doctor, do not injure or weaken the muscular and ligamentous structures of the spine they do not cause any weakening or “loosening” of the spine. In order for the spine to be strong and able to withstand the various forces and stresses of daily life the spinal bones must be in normal alignment and have their normal amount of movement. Spinal adjustments do just that.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal condition and at Oxford Chiropractic we tailor the type of adjustments given to suit each individual.

Can someone with arthritis in their spine receive chiropractic care?

Most certainly. While there are various types of arthritis, the most common type occurring in the spine is called osteoarthritis. With few exceptions people with degenerative osteoarthritis find chiropractic adjustments a great help in improving their overall body movement.

Can I adjust myself?

Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in the specific direction, to a specific spinal bone, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound, like the sound that often accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint “manipulation” is usually counterproductive, often making an all ready unstable area of the spine even more unsteady. This is also true for well-meaning friends or family members who are “chiropractor wanna-be’s”. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs! Chiropractors themselves seek out the services of their colleagues to maintain their spinal health.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. We have cared for numerous patients who have had various types of spinal surgeries with good results. It’s an unfortunate fact that half of those who have spinal surgery discover a return of their original problems months or years later. This all too-common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic can often help avoid repeated operations.

Can a person with a broken back or neck see a chiropractor?

In the majority of cases, yes. In fact, a broken bone forms a callus or bone scar when it heals that is stronger than the rest of the bone. People who have had broken bones in particular need chiropractic check-ups because accidents usually cause spinal subluxations.

How often should I get a spinal adjustment?

As soon as you develop “spinal nerve stress.” Since spinal nerve stress is often painless, it is best to have your spine checked regularly, just as you would have your teeth checked for “painless” cavities.

What is a vertebral subluxation?

There are 26 moveable bones of the spine. These bones house and protect the delicate nerve tissue within them. If these bones misalign they can put pressure on this delicate nerve tissue and interfere with the vital information that this nerve tissue transmits from the brain to the body. These bone misalgnments result in what we chiropractors call vertebral subluxations. The brain’s ability to regulate and control the many functions of the body; including its cells, organs, glands and chemistry, just to name a few, can be interfered with by these vertebral subluxations. These vertebral subluxations not only affect nerves and their functioning, they also interfere with the proper functioning of the inborn self-regulating mechanisms of the body that helps keep the body functioning at its optimum potential. Chiropractors refer to this phenomenon as the Innate Intelligence of the body.

What causes a verebral subluxation?

Everyday stresses of life, be it physical stress, emotional stress, or chemical stress, overcome the body’s natural abilities of adaptation.  Many of these stresses that occur in our hectic lives are not natural and it makes it harder for our body to adapt to them. Physical stresses include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting.  Even incorrectly sitting, standing, and sleeping over periods of time can lead to these vertebral subluxations. Emotional stresses caused by anger, tension, overworking, lack of sleep and finances, just to name a few, can result in vertebral subluxations. Chemical stresses such as alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet can affect the tone of the muscles and lead to vertebral subluxations.  Any of these environmental stresses can cause the bones of the spine to subluxate and not allow the body to perform at its maximum.

How do I know if I have a vertebral subluxation?

You can have a vertebral subluxation and you may not even know about it.  Much like tooth decay or cancer, a vertebral subluxation can be present for a long time before any warning signs appear.  Many times the first vertebral subluxation may occur during the birth process when we are wrenched and pulled from our mother’s womb.  When the body is unable to adapt to all the many everyday environmental stresses, they overcome the resistance of the body’s muscles and ligaments causing the spinal bones, or vertebrae, to misalign and many times we are not even aware of it.  There is only one sure way to know if you have a subluxation and that is by being under the care of a skilled chiropractor.

Chiropractic helps correct vertebral subluxations?

We can and should make every effort to keep our spines as free as possible of these vertebral subluxations. Some vertebral subluxations may be prevented by common-sense living, but many will still occur.  It is important that we get our spines checked regularly by our chiropractor in order to correct vertebral subluxations as soon as they occur.  Chiropractic care is essential to optimum body performance.  A properly functioning nerve system enables the body to reach its fullest potential in restoring and maintaining health, as well as, enhancing all the other areas of life such as job performance, academic excellence, and athletic accomplishment.

Get your spine checked on a regular basis and experience the chiropractic difference for yourself!