Ask the Doc!

Q. So, what does a chiropractor do?

A.  Chiropractors focus on correcting misalignments in the spine that cause interference in our nervous system. We do this using an adjustment – a way of restoring motion to the joints in your body.


Q.  It’s just back pain… why do I need a chiropractor?

A. If left untreated over years, spinal misalignments can lead to a breakdown in spinal stability, which in turn will cause spinal arthritis, loss of motion, and potentially permanent damage to the nerves in our body.


Q.  When should I go to the chiropractor?

Some of the symptoms that cause people to seek a chiropractor include pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, loss of coordination, and the feeling that something is just “stuck.”


Q.  So you’re just a “spine doctor”?

A.  Actually, chiropractors are extensively trained to deal with a variety of musculoskeletal complaints. This includes sprains, strains, and joint pain. Many times knee pain and shoulder pain respond well to the kind of conservative care our clinic provides – including chiropractic care, soft-tissue work, and rehabilitative therapy.


Q.  I’ve heard chiropractors talking about being able to help with allergies, asthma, ear infections, indigestion, and all sorts of other things. Is that true?

A.  People report relief of various symptoms while under chiropractic care. While there is not a great deal of research, and more is needed, several small case studies and pilot studies support the idea that chiropractic can help with a variety of disorders.


Q.  What is the “pop” sound I hear when I get adjusted? Is it dangerous?

A.  The “pop” sound you might hear is called a cavitation. The most current research suggests that the sound is caused by a gas bubble that briefly forms when two joints gap slightly. This is a harmless natural occurrence. After a very short time, the bubble is reabsorbed into the fluid that fills our joints.


Q.  Does it hurt?

A.  Generally, no. In fact, many patients experience noticeable relief after the first adjustment.


Q.  I’ve heard once I start seeing a chiropractor, I have to keep going back for a long time… maybe even the rest of my life. Is that true?

A.  The idea that chiropractic is “addictive” is a little misleading. Some people come in only when they are suffering from an injury or chronic condition.

However, many people choose to continue maintenance care after their initial problems have been resolved because they enjoy the health benefits they experience!

So while you are not required to continue care, it is certainly advisable that you do to keep seeing the benefits of chiropractic.