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Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic

What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that you body is a self-regulating, self healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral means the bone of the spine. Subluxation means less than a total dislocation. Complex means consisting of more than one part. Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, which are of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy of all things natural.

What Does a Chiropractic Doctor Do?
Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a case history. This gives the doctor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details affecting your health. After reviewing your history, and discussing your specific problem, a through orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic exam is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functional problems associated with the spine. The findings of these examinations are explained and a plan of chiropractic adjustments may be recommended. Progress is monitored with periodic examinations.

How Does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your own 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 help remove interferences to your natural state of being healthy. A common interference to the nervous system is the 24-hour moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion (subluxation) of these bones can irritate of impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses. With improved spinal function there is often improved nervous system function. Your chiropractic doctor can help remove interferences that maybe impairing normal health. Since the primary focus of your care is improved nervous stystem function, chiropractic can have a positive effect on many health conditions not normally thought as "back" problems.

How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?
Spinal problems neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive visits is helpful in the maintenance of good health. Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of "crisis management" is usually more costly and time consuming, our office stands ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you!
 

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