Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic care is a very effective means of treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction and is one of the most common treatments for pain associated with muscles and joints. Unlike pain killers and muscle relaxants, chiropractic manipulation results in few side effects, the most common being muscle soreness similar to what you might experience post-work out.
What types of treatments do Chiropractors use?
The Doctors at In Health use a combination of chiropractic manipulative therapy to restore normal joint and muscle function, physiotherapy tools to reduce pain and rehabilitation exercises to improve health and prevent future injury. The In Health Doctors also use botanical and herbal medicine to treat common health issues such as the common cold, flu, headaches, muscle soreness and urinary tract infections.
What types of education and training do Chiropractors have?
The chiropractic profession requires education in the major sciences, similar to the requirements of dental, medical or naturopathic school. Most doctors typically complete a four-year undergraduate degree then attend chiropractic school for four years plus internships and specialty certifications.
Do I have to be referred to a Chiropractor by my medical doctor?
No, chiropractic doctors are considered primary care doctors. However, you should always check with your insurance for any specific requirements.
How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
An adjustment is done using the doctor’s hands on a specific joint or bone. Chiropractors use specific angles and a lot of finesse to deliver a quick force or a slow stretch to a joint to free it from impingement and discomfort. An adjustment can also be done using a variety of tools that include a table that drops to speed up the movement without any increase in pressure or a tool called an activator that uses a specific small force to a joint.
What is the popping sound I hear during an adjustment?
If you have ever shaken a soda then opened the can you hear a hiss and a pop with the release of pressure. Our joints have liquid in them just like the can of soda and when you release the joint that liquid changes into a gas and you hear a pop. This doesn’t mean that you got a good adjustment or a bad one but it is a phenomenon that occurs when being adjusted.
Is chiropractic safe if I am pregnant?
Yes. Adjustments are always customized to a patient’s needs and conditions. Using modified adjustments and herbal medicine a Chiropractor is able to protect the baby and keep mom more comfortable during this changing time, especially in her low back. Getting adjusted prior to delivery is also great for preparing the body for delivery and preventing back labor during delivery.