What is an adjustment?
Chiropractors use adjustments to restore normal function back into a joint. It is a gentle and precise movement that frees a locked joint and restores proper motion. Often, one may hear a 'popping' sound, similar to the sound of someone 'popping' their knuckles. During an adjustment a small vacuum is created between the joints. The motion of the adjustment then allows for gas to be released from between the joints, causing a sound as it is released and 'pops' to the surface.
How long should I expect before feeling better?
Although each case is different, you should generally see a significant improvement shortly following a treatment. There are a number of contributing factors that play a part in your response to care. These can include the amount of time symptoms have occured, the cause of the symptoms, activity level, work and stress load, history of past injury and comittment to care. Often times the underlying cause of the problem has been happening for a significant amount of time, much longer than we have actually been experiencing pain. Therefore, it is probable that it will take a little time to fully correct the problem so you are painfree and stabilized. Constant reevaluations and any necessary changes to your care will ensure you are on the shortest course of treatment for reaching your health goals.
Do chiropractors treat more than just the back and neck?
Along with back and neck pain, chiropractors are trained to diagnose and care for disorders of the soft tissue and joints of the extremities. Conditions such as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and frozen shoulder can all be treated by chiropractors. Sometimes problems can mimic or be aggravated by spinal misalignments, as well, so it is important to have a full evaluation of all possible causes.
Will I have to go to the chiropractor forever?
The choice is, of course, always up to the patient. As a chiropractor, it is my job to educate patients on the benefits of regular spinal check ups. It is important to listen to your body and not ignore that important message of 'pain' that is used in signaling there is something that needs to be corrected. Whether we're working on a computer or lifting heavy objects, we tend to put some stress our bodies daily. It is much quicker, easier and even cheaper to take care of the minor stress from the last month than for damage acrued from the last year. Typically, when patients find something that provides a life of less pain and greater function, they tend to stick with it.