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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:What kinds of things does a chiropractor treat?

A: In our office, patients present with a variety of conditions ranging from lower back pain, to childhood ear infections. Regardless of the type of condition presented by the patient, the spinal analysis is the same. I am concerned about how your spinal and postural structure is affecting your nervous system, your muscles, joints and ligaments. The greater majority of the time, structural problems are the cause of musculoskeletal pain, and often, the root cause of other problems as well. By finding the cause of your problem, I am able to assist your own body in healing itself. That said, the most common types of problems I see are; neck pain, back pain, headache, problems associated with automobile, work or athletic accidents or injuries. There are also more and more people who present for examination simply because they have learned that in order to be as healthy as possible, they must have normal structure. Therefore, they want their spine and posture checked and corrected if it is found to be out of alignment from normal.

Q: Is Chiropractic safe?

A: Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one.

Q: What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?

A: Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.

Q: Does chiropractic treatment hurt?

A: No, not generally. There are certainly times when correction of a posture is uncomfortable, much like working out, or performing a strenuous task of which you are unaccustomed. How every effort is made to work within your tolerance, to make as much change as possible, in as short a time as possible, with minimal discomfort. Many times, patients have had an abnormal posture for many years. When this is the case, the muscles, ligaments, and joints are accustomed to their current position. Changing that position is important, and at times uncomfortable. However again I stress, never in such a way as to be intolerable to the patient.

Q: Why should I care about my posture?

A: Your posture is an outward representation of how your spine is built. Research into what makes a body healthy has demonstrated without a doubt that normal posture is essential for your body to function optimally. The majority of the afflictions which plague mankind have as their root, abnormal structure. That little ditty we all learned as children “the foot bone is connected to the leg bone is connected to the thigh bone, is connected to the pelvic bone…” is ever so true. By making certain your posture is as good as possible, you ultimately enable your body to be as healthy as possible, and even avoid many if not all of the problems associated with an aging spine.

Q:When should someone have his or her spine examined?

A: I am asked this question quite often by patients who are just beginning spinal correction in our office. The answer is quite simple. As soon as possible after birth. This response usually startles people who associate chiropractic care with pain relief. If this philosophy was applied to dental evaluations and treatment, just imagine what your teeth would look like. You could have multiple cavities, and possibly gum disease before you ever had any symptoms. Funny how people don’t wait until their teeth fall out to see the dentist! Why not be as proactive with your spinal health, and then correct it or improve it as much as possible. You then have the option of achieving a better quality of life, and enjoying improved health.

Q: Why do some people go to chiropractors over and over again? I have heard once you go, you have to go forever.

A: Ultimately, your health is your own business. Many people in the last 10-15 years have discovered that ultimately, your health is your responsibility, and no one else’s. Therefore, by learning the fundamental truth that “structure determines function” they desire to have their structure as normal and healthy as possible. Once your posture is corrected, you may require (and often do) occasional check ups to insure you remain aligned normally. This is not such a foreign concept. Think of those folks you know who have had their teeth aligned. More often than not, a “retainer” is required to maintain the new and healthy position of the teeth.

Ultimately, you decide what you want out of chiropractic care in our office. If you simply want to get rid of your pain without drugs or surgery, and as soon as you feel better, be done with your care, you may certainly choose this option (called “Patch Care”). However if you want to be as structurally sound as possible, you may choose to correct or improve your spine as much as is possible (“Correction”) and then periodically be checked to be sure you are as good as can be (“Wellness or Maintenance Care”).

Once corrected, many patients choose to continue supporting their health with periodic spinal adjustments. However, this choice is due to understanding the relationship between structure function, and optimal health.

Call our Nutley chiropractic office for answers to your questions.