Once I see a Chiropractor, how often do I need to come back?
It varies for everyone, it just depends on how hard you are on your body and how severe your condition is. My goal is to get you feeling great as soon as possible and allow you to manage your symptoms at home while I treat you. After we have taken care of the patient's immediate problems, some patients then see me every month while some are just once a year.
What causes the sound made when I'm adjusted?
The sound is not your bones cracking or popping it is actually gas being released into the joint space. When you are adjusted, the gas is released in the joint and then is reabsorbed. Some techniques produce an audible pop or crack, while other techniques with light force have no sound at all.
Do you treat babies?
I treat people from newborns to 90 years olds. Chiropractors have been shown to be effective in treating cases of infantile colic, ear infections, and torticollis. In the case of colic it can be due to gastrointestinal upset, food sensitivities, or possibly due to spinal trauma during birth which chiropractic can help with. With ear infections the infant's ear canal is has a different shape and length than the adults which makes it more difficult for the lymphatic system to drain fluid from the ears. Soft adjusting and muscle work to the upper back and neck can improve the drainage from the ears.
Does it hurt to get adjusted?
People often have no pain from being adjusted. Usually patients feel some relief immediately after being adjusted.
Can I see a Chiropractor when I'm pregnant?
You can see a chiropractor when you're pregnant and I highly recommend it. As the baby grows the added weight places more stress to the pelvis while increasing the curve in the lower back placing extra stress on the facet joints in the lumbar spine. Any pre-exisiting problems can be exacerbated as the spine and pelvis are taxed. On top of that, a woman's core abdominal musculature which stabilizes the lower back and pelvis becomes overstretched and weak thus making the lower back more prone to injury and pain. This is why it is imperative to see your chiropractor both during and after your pregnancy to improve core strength and reduce future episodes after birth.
You just treat the neck and back right?
I can treat anything from head to toe including shoulders, elbows, wrist, knees, and ankles. The muscle work and rehabilitation is very effective on these areas when paired with joint manipulation. When performed together, these techniques help to create proper balance and proprioception in the joints along with improve muscular coordination and strength.
What can you do for headaches and migraines?
Headaches can be caused by many things and often can be related to posture. By adjusting the upper part of the neck, performing muscle work, and working with the patient on postural changes and home stretches headaches improve to the point where patients either get them much less to not at all. In the case of migraines the same sort of treatment can be used on the patient along with some dietary changes. Quite often the migraines are better after chiropractic care where the patient doesn't get them as often or when they do experience a migraine it is much less intense. The patient with migraines may need to follow up with the chiropractor from time to time when they feel a migraine coming on.