Manipulations of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints have been used for pain relief and increased function for over 5,000 years. It is a safe and effective method for treating and addressing sports injuries, overuse & repetitive strain injuries, and muscle imbalances, as well as back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
Your spine is the bony armor for your spinal cord as well as a support structure to keep your body upright. Restrictions of the movement of the vertebrae not only cause pain or limit range of motion, but also interfere with the effective communication between your body and your brain. Manipulations of the spine not only increase range of motion but also normalize and optimize nervous system communication with your brain. For this reason, it can be a good idea to have regular ‘tune-ups’ to realign your spine and prevent small problems from developing into bigger ones.
The following are a few frequently asked questions about chiropractic care.
Does it hurt?
Most patients report relief of their pain with manipulation.
I really don’t like to be ‘cracked.’ Can you still help me?
Yes! I have many techniques at my disposable to use in the case that a patient prefers not to be manipulated. I use a combination of soft tissue work and gentle pressure on the vertebrae to correct their alignment. I also use kinesiology techniques to address the muscle imbalances that may be pulling the vertebrae out of alignment in the first place.
How soon will I feel relief from my symptoms?
Unfortunately, the answer here is that it depends on your conditions and what is causing it, as well as some lifestyle factors. However, many of my patients have experienced significant relief in just 1-3 visits.
If I start, won’t I have to keep going for the rest of my life?
No. While I will recommend a treatment schedule, it’s ultimately up to you to decide. I do have many loyal patients who value my work, and the benefit they receive from it, enough that they choose to schedule ‘maintenance’ visits on regular basis. For some, this might be once every two weeks, for other it may be once every six weeks.
Will I have to go three times a week to start out?
No! I understand that you have a life and more to do then go to the chiropractor’s office three times a week! Most follow sessions are 20-30 minutes. I am with you and working with you that entire time. In this time, I do soft tissue work, muscle testing and we may even talk about your diet, stress, or other things in your life that may be affecting your health. Because I accomplish so much in this one session, I find that most people do well with 1-2 visits per week maximum.
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