Whether you have never been to a chiropractor or have been seeing one your whole life, you may have some questions regarding what we do. Please look through our frequently asked questions, to find answers to some of the questions you may have. Also please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions you may have.
Frequently asked questions
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic care for patients of all ages, with a wide variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, etc., with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on excercise, nutrition, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
What is a myofascial release?
All muscles in the body are covered with a thin layer of tissue called the fascia. Over time, muscle imbalances can lead to tension where some of the muscle fibers do not release properly. This can further lead to adhesions forming and pain presenting. Myofascial release encourages the muscle tissue and fascia to stretch and release and adhesions that may be present. Chiropractors identify the areas of muscle tension and then apply pressure using their hands or specific tools until the tension releases.
Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Why do chiropractors take X-Rays?
Chiropractors take X-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine and other bones/joints in the body. We are also concerned about possible underlying disease processes and disorders such as degeneration, abnormal development, spinal curvature and misalignments. Other more serious issues that may contraindicate chiropractic care may be seen always making it a good idea to have X-rays before an adjustment. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the vertebral column and other joints back to optimal health and alignment.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Although some people may hear pops and clicks in their body throughout the day or with certain movements, this is not an adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint. It is virtually impossible to adjust oneself safely, correctly and accurately. Trying to adjust oneself is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be very dangerous.
Is chiropractic care addictive? Will I always have to go?
It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not addictive, however, good health is.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
When you come to Optimum Chiropractic & Fitness as a New Patient you will first need to fill out our New Patient Forms (if you haven't already). That will take about 5 minutes then we will take you back for your New Patient Evaluation with Dr. Andrew!