What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is about helping people live healthier more optimal lives. Chiropractors focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column to affect the nervous system. According to Gray's anatomy, the nervous system is the master system in the body which controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular and immune.

The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord and the spinal nerves that exit the vertebral column through openings on the side of each vertebra and all the peripheral nerves that branch off to serve organs, tissues, blood vessels and muscles. Information from the environment, both external and internal, goes through the spine to get to the brain. In the same manner, information and decisions made in the brain go through the spine to affect certain outcomes. It is a 2-way flow of information.

The chiropractic adjustment is intended to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments called subluxations. Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then to remove them to restore the normal flow of nerve energy, in terms of both quality and quantity.

The idea is that if the master system (the nervous system) is healthy and functioning well, then other systems under its control will also function in a more optimal fashion. Chiropractic is based on the belief that the same innate intelligence that can grow a single cell into a complex human being, made of billions of cells, can also heal the body if it is free of disturbances to the nervous system.

Why does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow down your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm 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 the 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 controls of the body.

What is a subluxation?

In simplest terms, a subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then caused those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signal traveling over those nerves.

How does this affect you?

Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.

What causes a subluxation?

There are 3 stressors that cause subluxations.
1. Physical stress: This is the most obvious; however, most people may think it takes something as severe as a car accident to cause a subluxation. This is NOT true. What might seem to be insignificant traumas, like childbirth, childhood falls, repetitive motion, posture, sleep positions, lifting, etc. may all cause subluxation.

2. Bio-chemical stress: Chemicals from outside the body like caffeine, food additives, nicotine, alcohol, sugar, pollution, etc. can result in neurophysiologic stress resulting in subluxations.

3. Emotional stress: Stress thoughts include: anger, jealousy, grief, fear, guilt, etc. These toxic thoughts can result in stress to the paraspinal muscle system which is responsible for alignment and movement of spinal bones.

Is it true that once you have chiropractic treatment, you must keep going back?

No. Actually, many people elect to continue their chiropractic treatment after feeling well. Why? Because periodic elective "maintenance care" makes them feel better. Chiropractic treatment is an integral component to many healthy people's "health maintenance" plan; similar to diet, exercise and proper sleep.

What does the "DC" after your name mean?

The title "DC" stands for "Doctor of Chiropractic". "Doctor" literally means "teacher". Therefore, in keeping true to our title, we educate our patients about their condition, how to improve their health and how to stay as healthy as possible. Similarly, your MD [Medical Doctor] should be doing the same.

How long does it take to receive a treatment?

Most treatment sessions require between 15-30 minutes; depending upon the depth and scope of care necessary. The initial examination typically lasts 45-60 minutes, depending on the complexity of a patient's condition, and whether a treatment is received immediately after the initial evaluation.

What is the popping noise that occurs during an adjustment?

Your spinal joints contain a fluid known as synovium. The synovial fluid contains dissolved gasses; mostly carbon dioxide. When your spine is adjusted, a vacuum is created within the joint and the dissolved gasses come out of solution, forming a gas bubble. This vacuum creates a "pop".

Should I tell my medical doctor that I am receiving chiropractic treatment?

We encourage our patients to inform their medical doctor that they are receiving chiropractic treatment. In fact, our practice has been built through working together with contemporary minded, patient-centered medical providers. We will gladly forward a copy of our initial evaluation report to your primary care physician as a courtesy to you and your caregivers. Many of our patients request that we contact their primary care provider in order to introduce ourselves, or to provide them with information about our practice.