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FAQs about chiropractic treatment

Do you want long-lasting relief from shoulder or neck pain? Turn to the Alternative Health Care Center in Baraboo, WI. After a few sessions of chiropractic treatment, You may experience relief from symptoms, greater mobility and overall improvement. If you have any questions about chiropractic treatment, read through some of the frequently asked questions and answers given below.

What is chiropractic care?

There's nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nervous system, your body may be better able to heal itself. That's because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all functions throughout your body.

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What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, "locked up" or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to help restore normal nerve function and overall health. "Gentle spinal adjustments may boost your body's immunity."

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

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Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. The doctor of chiropractic will evaluate each patient's unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the previous one. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient's care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome." Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is utilized initially, back surgery may often be avoided in the first place.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!

Can I tell if I have a subluxation?

Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity--you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That's why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don't. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

Do children need chiropractic care?

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child's spine. Many childhood health complaints that are dismissed can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood may often be prevented by having your child's spine checked by a chiropractor early. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments.

Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?

No. However chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety of health problems not necessarily considered "back" problems because of improved nervous system function. With a normal nerve supply the body's natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health problems.

Is a good workout the same as getting adjusted?

No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.

Is chiropractic care addictive?

No. It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not addictive; however, good health is.

Is chiropractic safe?

Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors' malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nervous system. Pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments may improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.

What causes the sound during an adjustment?

Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal "release" or "popping" sound. Some believe that the sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?

Doctors of Chiropractic are well educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors of chiropractic apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Chiropractors in Wisconsin are required to complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.

When should chiropractors take x-rays?

According to the Mercy Conference consensus statement Chiropractors should not take x-rays of every patient entering their office but should take x-rays when the patient’s history and examination suggest some form of underlying pathology such as a fracture, dislocation or cancer or when treating the patient for 6 weeks there is no improvement.

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