We’re glad you’re here. Whether this is your first time seeing a chiropractor or you’ve been under chiropractic care in the past. Below you will find answers to some questions you may have about the services we offer.
Frequent Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is a branch of health care that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. That is your nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Chiropractors use chiropractic adjustments to maintain the proper function of the joints so that the rest of the tissues, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, can function the way they were intended to.
One of the many differences that chiropractic has when it comes to health, is its focus on the body’s ability to heal itself from the inside out. In order to give the body, the best chances of healing, nutrition, and exercise are also part of chiropractic care.
Patients that are under chiropractic care, notice several improvements in their lives. They report that theri pain or discomfort is eliminated, their ability to perform their daily tasks improves, and so does their quality of life.
Simply put, chiropractors correct joint restrictions that inhibit the body’s innate ability to heal itself, therefore restoring the body’s functions.
As mentioned above, the main part of chiropractic treatment is the chiropractic adjustment. Before we dig into what the chiropractic adjustment is, there are a couple of things to keep in mind about how the body works.
Everybody knows that the bones inside the body are what provide it with its structure and support. The muscles provide the force to produce movement and are attached to the bones through tendons. Where two bones come together, a joint is formed. There are several types of joints and each one has its purpose. Around and within the joints, you will find other soft tissue structures, such as ligaments and cartilage that support and protect the joints. Nerves are the highway of information between all these components and coordinate the movement. There are several types of information that pass through the nerves. The main categories of information that pass through the nerves are sensory and motor (these promote movement in muscles).
All components mentioned are constantly exchanging information through the nervous system. They inform the brain about things like muscle tension, joint positioning, pressure, and the speed and direction of motion. When a joint gets restricted, the signal that is conveyed through the nervous system is scrambled. This can produce a change in muscle tension, decreased range of motion in the joint, and even pain to let you know something is wrong.
A chiropractic adjustment is a purposeful manipulation of a joint that corrects the restriction and eliminates the scrambled signal in the area. This could be in the spine, neck, back, or any other joint in the body. By correcting these restrictions, the chiropractic adjustment restores the proper range of motion in the joint, thus allowing the joint and its surrounding tissue to function at its full capacity without interference in communication through the nervous system.
Although there is a generally accepted approach to how chiropractic works, just like with any healing art, there are 3 components that are inseparable. These are the philosophy, science and art behind chiropractic. Because of the great variety of techniques in chiropractic (about 200 chiropractic techniques) different providers have different viewpoints. Almost all chiropractors and techniques would agree on this premise: As chiropractors, our job is to allow the body to fully express itself and promote healing from the inside out.
The body has various ways it can be influenced and therefore treated. Some chiropractic techniques are performed manually and some others are instrument assisted. Some involve the joints and muscles, while some other chiropractic techniques focus on dural tension. Regardless of the technique used, the goal is to remove interference from the body and allow proper communication within the body.
Just like other healthcare providers, chiropractors have education requirements to meet before they can practice in each state. Anyone that delivers “chiropractic care” without meeting these requirements, is considered practicing without a license, which is illegal. Although each state has its own requirements, there are some similarities from state to state.
In general, chiropractic education is a Doctorate degree that requires 7-8 years in total. 3 Years for a bachelor’s degree and then 4 years of chiropractic school from an accredited institution. The accreditation is supervised by the Council on Chiropractic Education. During these 4 years of training, chiropractors acquire a wealth of knowledge in subjects like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neurology, nutrition and biomechanics. In addition to all the course work, chiropractors acquire clinical and hands on training that prepare them for the one-year clinical rotation that needs to be completed before graduating.
Additional testing is required for one to be considered a chiropractor, after graduation. Most states require chiropractors to have successfully completed National Board Exams Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 before they can apply and sit for the jurisprudence exam for the state laws and regulations. Through all the testing and examinations, the chiropractors’ knowledge and clinical expertise are being put to the test. One becomes a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, only when they show competency in all areas of their education.
In the state of Texas, licensed chiropractors are required to attend 16 hours of approved continuing education courses every year to keep their license in good standing.
As explained earlier, chiropractic treatment can vary depending on the providers’ technique and approach to care. Some of the most common treatment options when visiting a chiropractor are:
Chiropractic adjustment: The purpose of the adjustment is to correct the joint restriction identified.
Soft tissue therapy: More often than not, joint restrictions cause muscle tension and imbalances that are addressed through soft tissue therapy. This could include stretching, scraping or trigger point therapy.
Exercises: Due to compensations that develop over time because of joint restrictions, a chiropractor might recommend exercises. These exercises are generally meant to strengthen weak muscles to restore the proper biomechanics of the body. When the body is working optimally, patients experience less wear and tear on the joints and prevent future injuries from occurring.
Kinesio taping: When a patient presents with an injury or a joint that needs support, Kinesio taping can be beneficial to support the injured joint or muscle.
Nutritional support: A large portion of the US population has nutritional deficiencies. These nutrients cause blocks in metabolic pathways and do not allow your body to function as it should. If that is the case, your chiropractor will recommend the appropriate supplements to overcome these and restore the balance in your body.
Massage Therapy: Although people see massage therapy as a luxury in the US, in other places of the world it’s a vital component of their life. It helps relieve stress, decrease muscle tension, stimulate the lymphatic system, and a lot more.
Depending on the patient’s complaint and condition, the appropriate combination of the treatments above is put in a treatment plan that is specific to each patient. Although the frequency of care varies from patient to patient, results should be evident after a few visits. These results are what make chiropractic care one of the most common alternative treatment options in the United States.
As explained earlier, the goal of chiropractic treatment is to improve mobility, increase range of motion and restore the proper nerve conduction in the body. As a result, patients that receive chiropractic care express that their pain levels decrease or are completely eliminated, they move better, and many symptoms they present with go away. Some of the most common conditions that chiropractors can help with are:
Low Back Pain, Upper Back Pain, Neck Pain, Hip Pain, Shoulder Pain, Knee and ankle pain, Elbow and hand pain, Poor posture, Jaw Pain
A lot of times, symptoms that develop from joint restrictions are also resolved through chiropractic care. Some of these symptoms include:
Vertigo, Headaches/Migraines, Low Energy, Poor Sleep, Coordination problems, Disk Bulges/Herniations, Sinus congestion, Numbness and tingling in hands and feet, Sciatica, Bursitis
Although these are the most common issues that chiropractors can help with, this list is not an extensive list of all the symptoms that patients have seen improvement with chiropractic care.
Although chiropractic care is highly effective in treating a variety of conditions, there are some instances where chiropractic care should not be rendered. A thorough examination and proper screening from a licensed chiropractor will help you determine if you would benefit from chiropractic care or not. Some of the biggest red flags that may not benefit from seeing a chiropractor are:
Ruptured disc, Cardiovascular problems, Low Bone density, Congenital abnormalities, Space occupying lesions, Infections, Visceral organs
There is no straightforward answer to this question. Depending on the severity of the patient’s complaint, the appropriate frequency of care will be recommended in the treatment plan. Below you will find some general guidelines on what to expect.
When a complaint or symptom is minor and is not debilitating in nature, a chiropractor might recommend seeing you once or twice the first week. When the severity of the patient’s condition is mild, a few visits may be sufficient to resolve the problem. If the condition is not resolved, the frequency of care will be adjusted appropriately. Typically it is extended to once a week or even bi-weekly.
Severe or chronic Pain
When a patient is complaining of severe pain, or pain that has been going on for more than 6 months, the frequency of care will be different than with mild pain. With Sever or chronic pain, your chiropractor may ask to see you several times a week for a couple of weeks. This allows them time to get to the root cause of the problem and start correcting it. Once the severity of the condition decreases, the frequency of care should decrease as well. Moving from a few times a week to weekly visits and then bi-weekly.
Although chiropractic care can resolve many conditions fast and cost-effectively, there are some instances where one should stop chiropractic care or re-evaluate the recommended treatment plan. Some of the reasons patients should re-evaluate their chiropractic care are:
Increase pain for more than 48 hours after the first treatment: Although it is common to experience muscle soreness and slight discomfort after the first chiropractic treatment, these symptoms should subside by the second day after treatment. If the pain or discomfort has increased since the previous treatment, your chiropractor should refrain from chiropractic adjustments and re-evaluate the treatment plan immediately.
No improvement in symptoms after a 6-visit treatment plan: In the majority of cases, patients should experience significant improvement in their symptoms after 6 visits to their chiropractor. At least, that is our experience as the mobile chiropractor of Dallas – Fort Worth. If they have not experienced any positive changes to their symptoms, their chiropractor should re-evaluate the treatment plan. If the patients are unhappy with their results, they should seek a consultation from a different chiropractor. As mentioned earlier, chiropractic has a wide variety of techniques and approaches. Finding one that produces the desired results for each patient is important.
As we all know, our skeletons are what give our bodies their structures and the ability to stand up against gravity. The spine is right at the center of it all. It connects the head, arms, and legs to the torso. It does that while also protecting our delicate and always-changing nervous system.
The spinal cord that passes through the spine, connects the brain with every cell in the body. As the spinal cord descends, a pair of spinal nerves exit the spine between two vertebrae at each level. These nerves connect to all tissue and relay information between the brain and the body, like pain, temperature, body position, and much more. When movement restrictions are present in the spine, imbalances between the different tissue can occur. The proper signal is not transmitted through the nerves and a state of dis-ease begins to exist.
When performed by a licensed chiropractor after the appropriate workup, the chiropractic adjustment is safe. This is why at PEAKiropractic we take time to listen to our patients, have a good understanding of what is causing their symptoms, and then perform a thorough physical, orthopedic and neurological examination. This helps our mobile chiropractors rule out other things that may or may not have been noticed by the patient.
Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy
The most commonly reported benefits of massage therapy are:
Increased Lymphatic Drainage
Increased Range of Motion
Improved Quality of Motion
This is not an extensive list of benefits you can expect from massage therapy.
There are situations where getting a massage would not be beneficial to you. For example, if you are feeling unwell, have a fever, cold, or skin condition that may be contagious. Additionally, it is not recommended to get a massage during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, active chemotherapy, or other intense medical treatments. If you are considering getting a massage and are unsure of the benefits, you should consult your primary health care provider before scheduling a massage.
If this is your first visit with the massage therapist, you will have to fill out a medical history form. It is important to list all medical history information asked on the forms so that the massage therapist is able to adapt the session to your specific needs. They will ask you in-depth questions about the areas of focus.
You should undress to your level of comfort. Most people leave their underwear on during the session. The massage therapist will leave the room to allow you to undress and lay on the table under the sheets. During the session, the massage therapist will ensure that you are properly covered at all times.
Generally speaking, massages should not be painful. At times, the massage therapist will work out tension and knots in the muscles that may cause some discomfort. If the intensity or the pressure is too high, let the massage therapist know to adjust the pressure. Some soreness, similar to a good workout is to be expected after certain techniques of massage.
Massage therapy is all about the patient. Some people like a light conversation during their massage and others prefer to completely relax. Whichever one you prefer, make sure to let the massage therapist know so that they can deliver the best service possible to you.
It is very common for patients to fall asleep during a massage session. In fact, most massage therapists take that as a compliment because you are able to completely relax. If you snore or drool during a massage, don’t worry! It’s not the first time, and certainly not the last time. It’s just your way of showing relaxation.
There is no judgment from the massage therapist if you forgot to shave before your massage. The massage therapist is focused on providing a relaxing experience, and worrying about not shaving will prevent you from fully relaxing. Just let it go!
The preferences and needs of each individual vary. Some people prefer to get a massage weekly and others monthly. Although the benefits of massage therapy are experienced when received at regular intervals, some individuals prefer to get massages on an as-needed basis.