Most Asked Questions at Edlund Chiropractic P.C.
We listed here the questions we are asked most often. If you should have a question not answered here, please email us or feel free to call our office.
Is Chiropractic Care safe?
The literature on chiropractic safety is perhaps the single most impressive component of the outcomes record of the profession. Since its inception as a separate and distinct health care profession, chiropractic has established itself as the safest primary care profession by far. Despite the high volume of patients and the great diversity of conditions with which they present, chiropractic can claim the lowest complication rate, the lowest malpractice insurance rates and the highest rates of patient satisfaction of any doctor level provider.
The Government of New Zealand, while studying the possibility of inclusion of chiropractic services in that nation’s public health care programs, conducted one of the most exhaustive studies of chiropractic safety ever conducted. Their findings were emphatic:
The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record.
Over the past two decades there has been an interesting growth of literature on general manipulation-induced accidents or injuries. This body of information clearly distinguishes the safety record of chiropractic because the vast majority of recorded injuries are found to be at the hands of non-chiropractic providers attempting to apply chiropractic like procedures, without the highly developed skill and experience of the doctor of chiropractic. (Dvorak, 1991; Patjin, 1991; Schmitt, 1991; Terrett, 1990, 1987; Grieve, 1986; Gotlib and Thiel, 1985; Schmidely and Koch, 1984; Gutmann, 1983; Dvorak and Orelli, 1982; Ladermann, 1981; Gatterman, 1981; Jaskoviak, 1980; Kleynhans, 1980; Livingston, 1974, 1971).
What is an adjustment?
A gentle, carefully placed thrust which moves vertebrae into their proper position. Our chiropractors usually delivers the adjustment by using the Activator Adjusting Instrument, but occasionally uses several different hands on techniques. The purpose of the adjustment is to correct a spinal subluxation.
What is a subluxation?
Subluxation refers to a spinal bone (vertebrae) that is not in its right position or not moving in its normal range of motion. Misaligned vertebrae are irritating nerves and blood vessels, which in turn affects the way your body communicates with your spine. Subluxations are the cause of many pains and dysfunctions in muscles and organs. The body's natural ability to heal itself is greatly improved with the subluxation removed. If left uncorrected they lead to early degeneration of the discs and joints.
Does the adjustment hurt?
Most chiropractic adjustments are not only painless, they actually feel great and relieving. In cases of a recent injury, inflamed tissue may react to adjustments and cause some discomfort. Application of ice after treatment may soothe any irritation.
Will repeated chiropractic adjustment lead to arthritis?
On the contrary, it is the lack of motion associated with subluxations that leads to many cases of arthritis. Chiropractic adjustments restore proper motion to the joints, actually helping to prevent or slow down the effects of arthritis. Just remember, motion is life when it comes to joint health.
Is it safe to crack my own back or neck?
This question is often posed to chiropractors and concern has been raised over its safety. While people might have the right idea by trying to relieve pressure on the joints, the "cracking" or "popping" of one's back or neck is not the same as a chiropractic adjustment. The problem usually keeps coming back, which should be a clear indication that there has been no real adjustment. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed vertebrae, has not been corrected. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself. You should not try to do it yourself, either.
Is there a minimum or maximum age for a person to receive chiropractic care?
There is no age excluded from chiropractic care. Even babies can have subluxations, due to the rigors of the birth process. In Denmark , for example, Chiropractic Doctors are part of the birthing team. Children's subluxations should be treated early, as they interfere with nerves that control developing muscles, organs, bones and such. Abnormal stresses on a rapidly developing spine and other bones and joints can cause them to develop abnormally. Your chiropractor can detect these problems while they're easy to correct.
Can chiropractors refer patients to other specialists?
Chiropractors are part of a network of health-care professionals. Like other doctors, they will make referrals for patients when necessary. Chiropractors are trained to recognize risk factors and signs of disease that are outside their scope of treatments and they will not hesitate to make a referral when it's in a patient's best interest.
Can chiropractors prescribe medication or perform surgery?
Chiropractors believe in the body's ability to heal itself and for that reason they don't prescribe medication or perform invasive procedures. They focus on providing your body with the right elements for self-restoration by restoring free-flowing communication between all parts of your body.
Should chiropractic care continue even after I feel fine?
Chiropractors are trained to detect problem areas in your spine before they develop into problem conditions or symptoms. Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your subluxations are corrected. Regular adjustments help to maintain or support a healthy spine and nervous system. Maintenance or wellness spinal care programs, which may include advice on posture, nutrition and exercise, can effectively prevent pain. However, how you choose to use chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. If your spine wears out, there is no solution. Because your spine directly influences the function of your nervous system, spinal decay permanently damages the nerves and spinal cord. Nearly everyone flosses and brushes their teeth even though their teeth don't hurt. Spinal adjustments are like flossing the spine. Lifetime care of the spine should be a priority!
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