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Frequently Asked Questions

“What is subluxation?”
The word "subluxation” comes from the Latin words luxare (“to dislocate”), and sub (“under” or “lesser”). A subluxation is a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biochemical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine).
“What causes a subluxation?”
A fall, injury, sudden jar, or trauma can put strain on a vertebra or other joint. Other causes may include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and stress.

“What is a chiropractic adjustment?”
Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions.  They are trained to restore the misaligned vertebra or joint (shoulder, knee, etc.) to their proper biomechanical function. They do this manually (with their hands), utilizing the chiropractic procedure known as an "adjustment." Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine or other joint in a specific direction and location. The manual force helps restore the biomechanical function and mobility. In some cases, the chiropractor may use instrumentation to detect and adjust.
“How will an adjustment help me?”
Chiropractic adjustments by themselves do not actually heal the body. When any of the 24 movable spinal vertebrae become misaligned, a basic imbalance or disruption can occur, which may contribute to stress in the body. Chiropractic adjustments help eliminate that imbalance or disruption, so that the body can function at its true potential.
“Does an adjustment have to make a noise to be effective?”
No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise to be properly adjusted. However, more often than not when vertebrae are manipulated or adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum, making a noise. This is the sound made when you crack your knuckles. Your chiropractor is concerned with the position and mobility of your joints, not with the sound that may occur.
“Does the adjustment hurt?”
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to local inflammation.
“How old should a person be before he or she begins chiropractic care?”
Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, the spine and other body joints can become strained and stressed. For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. Left uncorrected, the body may exhibit biomechanical dysfunction later in life. Many conditions seen in adulthood can be traced to events that occurred in childhood. If these had been detected and corrected during childhood, the adult condition may never have shown up.
“How does chiropractic care help the pregnant woman?”
Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the lower back,  legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices. It is wise, however, to first inquire about the experience of your chiropractor in caring for pregnant women and what he or she recommends for you.
“Do chiropractors prescribe medication or perform surgery?”
No. Chiropractors do not include medication or surgery in their treatment program. Chiropractors maintain that the body has a built-in capacity to restore health within certain limits, and base their care on this principle. Occasionally, the use of medication can interfere with the body's healing mechanisms, produce side effects, create a dependence or lead to drug-caused disease or complications. The first response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care. Chiropractic principles make it possibly the safest and most appealing of the healing arts. Chiropractors are trained to refer their patients to medical practitioners when the need for medication or surgery is warranted.
“Should I go to a chiropractor if I feel fine?”
Even if you feel fine, chiropractic care can help your body maintain its required level of health and fitness. Your chiropractor can recommend a preventive spinal-care program and advise you on correct posture, dietary information, and proper exercises. Regular check-ups can help detect and prevent biomechanical stress and strain on your body.
“Is regular chiropractic care necessary?”
Regular chiropractic care may be necessary to help maintain sound health and fitness. Your spine and other joints are under constant strain during the waking hours. Prolonged sitting, driving, improper lifting, sudden jars, accidents, falls and bumps, emotional tension and other causes can all contribute to strain on your spine and other joints (shoulder, wrists, ankles, etc.). Timely chiropractic care can help restore the neuro-musculo-skeletal integrity of the spine to normalize the body's equilibrium and increase resistance.
“Are there risks to chiropractic?”
The 1978-79 New Zealand study of chiropractic concluded that chiropractic adjustments in the hands of licensed and skilled chiropractors are safe. The risks of adjustments are reflected by the statistics. There are two to three serious problems per million adjustments, compared to 15,000 per million cases of paralysis following cervical surgery for similar conditions.
“ Is it bad for me when my friend cracks my back?”
A chiropractor diagnoses a specific problem, rules out cancer and other organic problems, and then adjusts the subluxated segment. Without the expertise and training of a Doctor of Chiropractic, serious damage can be done.  You wouldn't want just anyone to work on the fuel injectors of your car; you would want a trained mechanic. Likewise, unless he's a Doctor of Chiropractic, your neighbor is a bad choice to have "crack your back."
“What's the difference between a physical therapist and a chiropractor?”
A chiropractor is a portal of entry doctor who diagnoses problems before adjusting or referring to other specialists. A physical therapist is not a doctor, does not diagnose, and in many states can only treat a patient under the supervision of a referring doctor.
“What proof do you have that chiropractic works?”
There have been six formal government inquiries into chiropractic worldwide during the past 20 years. The largest and most comprehensive was the New Zealand study in 1978-79. It concluded that chiropractors are not an unscientific cult and in fact carry out spinal diagnosis and therapy at a sophisticated and refined level. Also, the studies have shown that chiropractors are the only health care professionals qualified to carry out spinal manual therapy. That is to say that physical therapists and general practitioners are not qualified to manually adjust patients since they do not receive the training needed.  Today, there are several journalists dedicated to documenting and exploring the effectiveness of chiropractic.
“How much will it cost?”
Each case is different, so let me give you an idea of the overall costs of chiropractic health care. Workers' Compensation Board studies suggest a 45% savings over medical treatment for acute or chronic low back pain. Recently, a Chicago orthopedic surgeon gave court testimony stating that his patients who receive concurrent chiropractic care while in the hospital, cut their stays in half over those patients treated strictly by medical means  A prominent economist has pointed out that a dollar spent chiropractically, unlike medical practice, does not spiral costs by specialist services, pharmaceuticals, and hospitalization.