Frequently Asked Questions
Are chiropractic treatments painful and are there any risks?
For the vast majority of patients, an adjustment/manipulation is a very pleasant experience and provides relief. Occasionally, there is some after treatment soreness, similar to mild exercise soreness following the initial visit. This quickly dissipates & cold packs can speed along the process. Chiropractic adjustments, when done professionally and with proper experience, are extraordinarily safe and present minimal to no risk of injury.
I heard once you see a chiropractor, you have to go for the rest of your life. Is this true?
Everyone has different goals regarding their level of health. Some simply want to get out of the pain that caused them to seek treatment. This process is fairly simple and typically doesn't take long. Others may have a more complicated condition due to a variety of reasons that require ongoing care to deal with recurring pain. Still others want to maximize their health and allow their bodies to function at the highest level possible. Peak performing individuals and athletes fall into this category. Ultimately, how long you benefit from seeing a chiropractor is up to you.
How does chiropractic work?
Adjustments/Manipulations improve the function of any dysfunctional joint in the body by relieving pressure on pain receptors within the joint, thus improving the function of the nervous system. Long term joint dysfunction will result in significant degeneration (osteoarthritis).
We rely on chiropractic adjustments as one of the many strategies to improve our patients' health. Equally as important and emphasized are counseling on lifestyle modifications through better nutrition, fitness, and proper body mechanics.
What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments/manipulations include a variety of different techniques to essentially improve the motion and position of the joints in the body. These techniques range from light quick thrusts to very gentle traction/stretching. We emphasize the Gonstead technique and hands-on manipulation at our office.
What if my condition doesn't improve?
If Dr. Mike determines your condition to be a chiropractic case, a regimen of care will be recommended and scheduled. Presuming you follow Dr. Mike's recommendations and there is still no progress within two weeks, Dr. Mike will refer you to another specialist for further evaluation. We work closely and routinely with other physicians and specialists in the care of our patients.