Frisco Chiropractor Answers Treatment FAQs
As a Frisco chiropractor, I receive many questions from patients. Here are the questions I am most commonly asked about chiropractic. I hope that this information clears up some misunderstandings about chiropractic adjustments.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is actually a dislocation of a vertebra or spinal segment that places harmful pressure on the spinal nerves. This pressure compromises the nervous system, causing pain, dysfunction or other symptoms. Someone with a subluxation may feel numbness, tingling or general fatigue. He or she may also catch ìbugsî easily, since the nervous system controls the immune system.
A chiropractor is trained to realign spinal segments and restore the nervous system to a healthy, functional state. There may also be misalignments that do not press on nerves, but these are not considered subluxations.
Why do my joints make popping noises?
When joints “crack” or “pop” during a visit to the chiropractor, the noise is due to gas being released from the fluid surrounding the joint. Knuckle-cracking is a common generator of this sound. Studies on knuckle-cracking show that, at worst, the habit may be annoying to other people. Nobody has proven that popping causes joint degeneration or any other harm. In fact, most people feel relief.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
During your first few adjustments by a chiropractor, you may feel slightly sore afterward. This is similar to the way you might feel after a vigorous workout. The practitioner usually advises the patient to apply heat or ice for relief. Any soreness you do experience goes away quickly.
Rest assured that patients love going to their chiropractor’s office because they feel better afterward. If the adjustments hurt, nobody would go back, and chiropractic would be virtually unheard of.
How long do adjustments take?
The average adjustment takes about 5 to 10 minutes, but the total appointment time depends on what other treatments are administered. Procedures that can
increase the length of the visit include:
* Heat and cold therapy
* Electrical muscle stimulation
Most chiropractors focus on performing spinal manipulations by using their hands. Occasionally, they will utilize an activator or some other device is used to make the adjustment easier.
Should I follow up with exercises at home?
Some chiropractors prescribe exercise and nutrition programs to support chiropractic adjustments. Certain resistance moves can strengthen the muscles that surround and support the spine.
Flexibility exercises can help increase range of motion. Your overall physical condition is directly related to your ability to move with ease and bounce back from injuries.
Do you perform chiropractic adjustments on children?
Yes, chiropractors treat children and infants. The technique for performing adjustments, however, is different. Children are obviously smaller as well as more fragile, and they usually have less muscle tension.
Often finger pressure alone is enough to realign a spinal segment. It doesn’t take much effort to get results.
Chiropractors rfrequently treat children who have from chronic ear infections and allergies. Chiropractic adjustments are also helpful to kids who fall or suffer other impact injuries during play time or sports activities.
A chiropractor can offer noninvasive treatment and preventive care to children, without resorting to medications. Parents are thankful to have this option available.
Will I need x-rays?
X-rays are usually only before certain types of adjustments or in the case of certain injuries. First, the chiropractor will take a full patient history and perform an exam. The chiropractor will then analyze your case and tell you if images are needed or recommended prior to treatment. Films are usually unnecessary for children.
Furthermore, x-rays should not be taken of women who are pregnant.
Why do I need to have more than one adjustment?
Most complaints do not appear overnight. Problems and physical compensations usually develop over months or years. Accordingly, it takes time to reverse whatever process has been set in motion. Most people do not seek care until they have been suffering for quite a while.
A good example is somebody leaning over a sink to brush his or her teeth who then feels intense back pain. It is common for someone’s back to go out when lifting a very lightweight object or simply bending over.
These are normal, everyday movements that do not cause pain in an otherwise healthy person. What happens is that a pre-existing area of weakness, such as from an injury, suddenly flares up. A weakness that takes time to develop will take time to correct.
Is my mattress causing my problem?
It could be. Old mattresses do not support the body properly. Your pillow may be adding to the problem as well. Use good-quality pillows that support the curve of your neck.
Beds, pillows, chairs, and even your own body mechanics may contribute to neck and low-back pain. Let your chiropractor know if you have a specific concern; the body is very intuitive. Changing your environment and daily
habits is the best way to maintain the benefits of your chiropractic adjustments.
What’s the best position to sleep in?
Sleeping on your back is ideal; this keeps the spine in its natural alignment. Side sleeping is fine too, but some people report shoulder problems caused by this position. The important thing to remember is to turn fully onto your side. Avoid awkward half-twists that put stress on the neck, shoulder joints and collarbone.
I hope that this information debunks some of the myths surrounding chiropractic and increases your confidence in this highly effective branch of healthcare.
– Frisco chiropractor Dr. Grant Stowell, DC Frisco Wellness Care Chiropractor in Frisco TX