Q: What Is Chiropractic?
A: Chiropractic care includes all the methods and treatments used by chiropractors to address issues affecting the spine and other areas of the body, including techniques used to treat acute and chronic pain as well as disease and illness and issues affecting function or mobility. Chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems to achieve meaningful, long-term relief without relying on drugs or surgery. Because the nerves travel to every tissue and organ in the body to facilitate normal functioning, chiropractic care is used to treat an array of conditions, providing patients with a “whole health” approach to care that can relieve symptoms while also helping patients to maintain optimal health and wellness at every age.
Q: What Happens During a Chiropractic Visit?
A: Each visit begins by completing or updating a personal and family medical history, followed by a discussion of current symptoms. The next step is a physical examination of the spine and the musculoskeletal system to identify areas of pain and other symptoms and to determine the best course of care to relieve those symptoms and to optimize health. Most visits will include a chiropractic adjustment to help ensure the spine is in proper alignment, so nerve pathways between the brain and the rest of the body are unimpeded and functioning properly. Additional types of treatments may also be used or recommended, including physical therapy, physiotherapy and massage, and each treatment plan and adjustment session will be tailored to the specific needs of the patient.
Q: How Does Chiropractic Care Help Promote Better Health?
A: Chiropractic care uses different techniques to promote whole-body health, including spinal adjustments, physical therapy, physiotherapy, and massage, for a holistic approach aimed at improving the nerve-brain pathways, stimulating circulation and improving lymphatic drainage, so toxins and waste products are removed from tissues more efficiently. Together, the techniques used in chiropractic can help patients restore normal function, relieve pain and other symptoms and restore health without turning to long-term use of drugs or invasive surgery.
Q: What Is the Popping Noise When an Adjustment Is Done?
A: The popping sounds you hear are your joints releasing tiny pockets of gases. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of the joint, but rather the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Q: Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
A: Chiropractic is the largest, non-invasive, drugless and safest forms of health care available. Statistically, patient risk is substantially lower when receiving chiropractic care as opposed to medical care, where the use of prescription drugs and surgery pose a greater risk. Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment.
Q: Does Chiropractic Care Hurt?
A: Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment.
Q: Will I Be Sore Following a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A: Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort and promote healing.
Q: How Long Will My Appointment Take?
A: This all depends on the length and severity of your condition, however, most first visits may last as long as 30 minutes. Follow up visits are much less, often completed in as little as 5-10 minutes.
Q: How Often Will I Need to Return?
A: At the end of your first visit, your doctor will determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. The frequency in which you receive chiropractic care is strictly up to the professional judgment of the Doctor and will vary from individual to individual depending on your presenting condition and overall goals. Just as regular visits to the dentist are necessary for good dental hygiene, routine visits to your Hayward chiropractor are also important for proper spinal function and health maintenance. If you have specific questions, needs or concerns, you are always welcome to call our office and speak with one of our friendly staff members.
Q: Can Chiropractic Improve My Athletic Performance?
A: There is a reason why elite athletes like Michael Phelps and Tom Brady are under regular chiropractic care.
Studies have shown that Chiropractic treatment:
Boosts your immune system function
Enhances pulmonary function
Decreases mental and oxidative stress
Relieves muscle tension
Naturally increase your energy levels
Studies have even shown that chiropractic patients experience “overall increased bodily function,”, which enhances your ability to think, move and perform.
Q: Can Proper Shoes or Orthotics Help Me Avoid Low Back Pain?
A: Yes. The shoes you wear during physical activity will be a major determining factor in the stabilization the spine and joints of your body. Although there is not a “one-size” fits all recommendation on the type of shoe you should be wearing, you do want to make sure that support is optimal to avoid lower back pain and injury.
Q: Will I Still Need to Take My Pain Medication?
A: Only the health care provider that placed you on the medication can legally and safely alter the dosage. Many patients under regular chiropractic care have reported a positive change in their symptoms and less medication (prescriptions) and over-the-counter (OTC) drug use.
Q: What Is a Joint Dysfunction/subluxation in Chiropractic Terminology?
A: The terms joint dysfunction, subluxation or spinal misalignment are often used interchangeably. Regardless of the term used when a joint in the spine or extremities is restricted, it creates a lack of motion that, in turn, creates a dysfunction of the joint itself. This joint dysfunction can adversely affect the nervous system and your ability to perform normal daily activities.