What is CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Did you know that 8 out of 10 adults will suffer from back pain at some time in their life?
Don’t let this statistic effect you!
Chiropractic care is a great non-invasive option to treat a variety of issues such as neck pain, mid-back pain, low back pain, sciatica, numbness, etc. Chiropractic care is based on the principle of spinal alignment. Spinal misalignment can be caused from physical trauma such as improper lifting, car accidents, poor sleeping habits, and repetitive motions. If there is an area in your spine that is restricted (or not moving correctly), chiropractic care serves to realign this area and restore proper motion to your spine. A chiropractor is trained to detect proper motion in your spine, and is also trained to find areas in your spine that are not moving properly. Typically, the areas that are not moving properly may be the source of pain, soreness, tension, and inflammation.
WHAT HAPPENS ON MY 1st VISIT?
During your initial visit, Dr. Whitlock will perform a complete and thorough physical examination, which will include evaluation of your past health history, medical history and current symptoms. Much time will also be used to assess and evaluate your posture, range of motion, nerves, and the alignment of your spine. In addition, x-rays may be ordered and performed on your first visit to evaluate the structure of your spine.
All of these findings together will allow us to focus on the CAUSE of your symptoms, and from there, develop a treatment plan that is designed just for you.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “GET ADJUSTED”?
The spinal adjustment is the most important component of chiropractic care. The spinal adjustment involves applying certain pressures and motions to your spine, which helps loosen the joint, promotes spinal alignment, and restores proper function to your nervous system. This adjustment serves to improve your range of motion, decrease stiffness and allows you to move with less pain.
HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT?
Your frequency and length of visits vary depending on the extent of degeneration in your spine and severity of your pain level. Keep in mind that spinal wear and tear can take place for decades before symptoms even start developing, so time and repetition of treatment visits are imperative for recovery and healing.
Thus, treatment time and frequency will be dependent on your specific examination, x-rays, and needs.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE TREATMENT IS WORKING?
Progress evaluations will be performed throughout your treatment to assess and monitor both objective and subjective improvement.