December 08 2013
Questions and Answers About Chiropractic
Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt or Make You Sore?
Adjustments do not hurt. They can, however, make you sore. Initially, when you start your Chiropractic care, the joints of the spine can be locked. Adjustments unlock these joints thereby, freeing the muscles surrounding that area. Actually, soreness during the first few adjustments is an excellent sign of progress.
How can Chiropractice Help You?
Chiropractic normalizes body function. Symptoms are a sign of body function breakdown. No matter what the presenting symptoms, the Chiropractor does one thing, looks for the cause and corrects it.
How Does Chiropractors Work, in Simple Terms?
The reason that Chiropractic works is that everyone has an inborn ability to heal. Your body "runs" itself by using this function. (Examples are if you burn or cut your finger, the finger heals or when you eat, your body digests the food and converts into energy.) The way that chiropractic works is through Chiropractic adjustment. Your spine surrounds the spinal cord. Nerves branch off the cord and divide down to a microscopic level. Vertebrae (the bones of the spine) can become misaligned through falls, car wrecks, stress, or many other causes and pinch or compress the spinal nerves. This then shuts down the function of the nerve to where it can no loner carry nerve impulses and pain may be apparent. The Chiropractic adjustment realigns the spine to its proper positions, thereby removing the nerve "interference." Only 11% of your nervous system contains pain receptors. So you can have nerve interference and not be aware of it.
Why Don't Chiropractors Use Drugs Like M.D.'s?
Chiropractors know that it is most important to find and remove the cause of a health problem. Drugs just treat the symptoms and do not relieve the cause of disease, and there are side effects.
Why do Chiropractors Take X-Rays?
The spine can misalign in too many different ways. Therefore it is essential to see how the vertebrae are subluxated.
Why Do You Have To Go So Many Times To A Chiropractor?
Chiropractic is a regimen, something you "get into." Nowadays, people go to the gym regularly, diet regularly, and are much more health conscious. The stabilization of health comes from regular check-ups. These visits allow the Chiropractor to make sure that your spine is in proper alignment. However, the more stable your spine becomes, fewer visits are necessary.
Why Do Some People Have To Go More Often Than Others Even Though They Have Similar Problems?
While we all have the same "equipment," the way we treat and the circumstances surrounding our bodies are completely different. Every one of us has a different history of falls, traumas, and stresses. We have different lifestyles which may or may not include the proper rest, exercise, nutritious food; all of the factors adding up to the sum of the individual's capacity to heal.
Isn't Most Back Pain Just Muscle Spasms?
While the soft tissue that surrounds the spine is often involved in back pain, it is rarely just a simple muscle spasm, for a very good reason. Muscles are attached to bones. If there has been a trauma sustained badly enough to affect the muscle it usually is going to affect the bone to which it is attached. When the vertebra is pulled out of its normal position and past its range of motion the muscle goes into spasm to establish a "natural splinting." The bone has to be adjusted back to its normal position to create a stable anchor for the muscle and to relieve the muscle spasm.
What Should You Tell The Doctor On Each Visit?
There are two types of information, subjective and objective. Subjective information is what the patient offers in the way of symptoms and personal observations. Objective information is what the doctor gleans from examination or DTG readings. While the subjective information plays a role in establishing how the patient is "feeling" it may not, however, reflect how the patient is "healing." Subjective information can have many influences. Staying up too late, overwork, stress at the home or job, etc. can make the patient, at one particular moment, feel relatively good or bad. Objective information reflects a healing pattern. Examination and DTG readings establish the specific point of healing the patient is at when seen. When the doctor finally decides whether or not to adjust and where to adjust, it is not performed solely upon objective or subjective information. It is a combination of the two that gives the most information. Both sources of information are important. However, the ultimate decision is the doctor's.
Can Chiropractors Treat A Ruptured Disc?
No. A truly ruptured disc must be surgically repaired. Chiropractors can, however, treat successfully a herniated disc. One responds to conservative (Chiropractic) care and the other has to be repaired radically (surgically). It must be kept in mind that herniation, if left untreated, can progress into the more severe problem of rupture.
What Technique Does Dr. Peeks Use and How Does It Differ From Other Adjusting Techniques?
Dr. Peeks utilizes the Pierce Technique. Developed by Dr. Vernon Pierce of Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Pierce also invented the Dermathermograph (DTG) to analyze the stresses in the spine. No other chiropractor in the area utilizes this analysis or adjusting technique. Dr. Peeks prefers the Pierce method because there is no twisting or wrenching of the neck or spine. The technique uses a special table and incorporates the physics of motioin to move the vertebra or hips. Dr. Peeks also is certified in non-needle acupuncture. While Dr. Peeks knows all the major adjusting techniques, he prefers using the latest method to help his patients.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Acupuncture With Chiropractic?
The two work so well together because the chiropractic addresses the "mechanical" aspects of the misaligned vertebra (the sublixation), viz., putting the vertebra back where it is supposed to be. Then the acupuncture addresses the "energy" aspects of the entire body. (Just like nerves and blood vessels, there are energy streams called meridians.) Acupuncture makes sure the flow of energy is at its peak.
Why Should You Refer?
If you think back, how did you find out about Chiropractic? Somebody told you about the results they received from Chiropractic.
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