Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a science based on the philosophy that good health depends, in part, on a normally functioning nervous system (especially the brain, spinal cord, & spinal nerves linking all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic is the science of locating the nerve or interference that is affecting the body’s ability to adapt to its environment. This is achieved through gentle, safe, precise chiropractic adjustments and not through the use of harsh drugs.
What conditions benefit from Chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is most used to relieve low back pain; however, several studies have documented the effectiveness of Chiropractic for a variety of conditions. These include, but are not limited to: migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and infantile colic.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
No. Under normal circumstances, adjustments do not hurt. Some patients may experience a minor amount of discomfort during an adjustment which lasts only moments.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments, or manipulations, are extremely safe. Chiropractics conservative approach avoids invasive procedures and/ or potentially dangerous drugs. In fact newborns as well as seniors can benefit from this gentle treatment.
What type of education do Chiropractors receive?
Chiropractic education requires anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, radiography, spinal adjusting techniques, and other related subjects with an emphases on neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment.
To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate must pass their National Board of examinations, along with the licensing boards in their own state. A Chiropractor’s education never ends. The state of Illinois requires 50 hours per year of post graduate education for license renewal.
Are all patient adjustments the same?
No. Each patients spinal problem and course of treatments is unique. Age, occupation and health goals will influence your course of treatment. Every patient presents with their own spinal pattern, and there for will be treated and adjusted accordingly.
Each of your precise, individual treatments builds on the one before. While visits may seem similar or repetitive, they are the necessary building blocks, forming the foundation of health and wellness.