How long has chiropractic existed? The actual profession of Chiropractic, as a distinct form of health care,
was developed by Dr. Daniel David Palmer and dates back to 1895. Some of the earliest healers in the
history of the world understood the relationship between health and the condition of the spine. Hippocrates
advised, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases". Chiropractors have been
helping people find natural solutions to their ailments for more than one hundred years.
How large is the chiropractic profession? Chiropractic has become an integral part of the healthcare
system. It is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions serving millions of people everyday.
Chiropractic increasingly grows due to patient satisfaction and referral partnerships with other essential
healthcare professionals. It is estimated that there more than 80,000 chiropractors in the United States
alone. We expect these numbers to grow as ongoing research continues to validate the effectiveness of
chiropractic and patients continue to get positive results through chiropractic care.
Are chiropractors regulated and licensed professionals? Upon graduation, chiropractic doctors must
apply for licensure in the state they wish to practice. All states have different standards required to attain
and continually renew a valid license to practice. In order to keep their diagnostic and technical skills
sharp and as current as possible, each state then requires the chiropractic doctor to complete ongoing
continuing education. Some states, such as Illinois, require as many as fifty hours of continuing education
to maintain the ability to practice as a licensed chiropractor.
Do chiropractors prescribe drugs or perform surgery? Absolutely not! The hallmark of chiropractic is its
all natural hands on methodology. The chiropractic approach to healthcare focuses on the patient's overall
health. Chiropractors provide hands on, drugless, nonsurgical health treatments that rely on the body's
inherent recuperative abilities.
What is chiropractic? Many people think of chiropractors as merely back doctors, but nothing could be
further from the truth. Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the
musculoskeletal system, the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health.
Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including, but not limited to
back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Chiropractic is the philosophy,
art and science of locating and correcting vertebral subluxation allowing you to regain and maintain better
mobility, performance and health. The dynamic connection between spinal and neural function is truly the
backbone of the chiropractic profession. For this reason, chiropractic focuses on the integrity of the spine
and its surrounding tissues as a means to enhance normal human function and overall health.
Is chiropractic scientifically based? The science of chiropractic is based upon the intricate relationship
between the body's structure and function. The nervous system, brain, spinal cord and nerves control the
operation of every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body and relate and adapt the individual to his or her
environment. Spinal structural imbalances interfere with and interrupt this delicate neurological transmission
system often leading to pain and dysfunction. As a result, aberrant nerve impulses will eventually lead to
working imbalances and an overall reduced performance of all bodily abilities. These disruptive spinal
interactions along with their effects are known as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. The science of
chiropractic is locating the subluxated vertebral regions and reducing their effects. Chiropractors adjust the
affected areas of the spine and restore as much normal vertebral position, mobility and function as possible.
Are all chiropractors the same? For some reason, people tend to think that all chiropractors are the
same and that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. This would be like assuming every medical doctor
you meet is a pediatrician, all teachers teach kindergarten and all lawyers are criminal defense attorneys.
Today’s chiropractor can choose to focus exclusively on pregnant women, children, athletic injuries,
herniated discs, the nervous system, nutrition, extremities and even animal-adjusting. One more piece of
advice on this topic. The sweetness of low prices can never counterbalance the bitterness of poor quality.
Chiropractors are not created equal.
Medical doctors could not fix my problem, so why should I believe chiropractic will help me? If you have
given up hope because you have already seen someone who prescribed pain killers and/or muscle
relaxants, told you there was nothing that could be done, thought the symptoms were only in your head, said
surgery was the only option or just simply sent you to a physical therapist with little or no improvement, don’t
quit yet. Chiropractic has helped an amazing amount of people who thought they had no other option.
Remember; Chiropractic has a different approach to health and healing and relieves symptoms by correcting
or reducing the often hidden underlying problems.
Can I receive chiropractic after having back or neck surgery? After you have recovered from your
surgery, yes you can receive chiropractic adjustments. More and more people are finding that back and
neck surgery is not what it is cracked up to be. Sorry for the pun, but it is true. It just doesn’t work that way;
surgery doesn't always cure the problem and symptoms often return months or years later. To make it
worse, once you have had one, the possibility of a second surgery will now always exist. Chiropractic’s all
natural approach may prevent or prolong the need for not only the first surgical correction, but may even
reduce the risk for the need of a second invasive operation simply by restoring normal spinal mobility. We
have helped, improved and restored a high quality of life for many people that needlessly suffer from failed
I’ve tried chiropractic before with no luck, why try again? For some reason, people tend to think that all
chiropractors are the same and that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. The chiropractic profession
has become incredibly diverse. There are dozens of different adjusting techniques. Each has its own type
of analysis and is provided by doctors with their own unique treatment recommendations. Just because
one chiropractor provides an uncomfortable adjustment, does not mean we all do. So if you weren't thrilled
the first time around, don’t give up on chiropractic care altogether. Simply find another doctor in your area
that offers a different approach!
I’m afraid. Is it going to hurt? Typically the spinal adjustment is not painful. You may however experience
some soreness and discomfort when initially starting care as different muscles, nerves and other soft
tissues will be stimulated. Just like exercise, anytime you incorporate a new activity in your life, you may
have some degree of soreness as a result. Chiropractic is no different.
Isn’t some back pain normal? Pain is never normal and should always be viewed as your body letting you
know something is wrong and not working right. While the painful symptom may be short lived and go
away on its own, it should not be ignored. The underlying problem causing the occasional painful
symptom can slowly worsen until it becomes a big problem that will be more difficult to resolve. When
measuring your overall health and wellbeing, pain is a "terrible yardstick" to use.
When will I feel better after getting adjusted? Every patient and every condition are unique. While we are
all similar anatomically, we have different body structure and different levels of injury. For this reason, the
question is impossible to answer without evaluating the person and their condition. Some people respond
with just one treatment and others may take a much longer period of time to find relief.
Can I adjust myself? Have you ever felt compelled to skip the dentist’s office, reach for your rechargeable
drill and attempt to fix your own toothache? Pretty silly, right? Well, wrenching your neck from side to side
hoping to elicit pain relief isn’t much of a better idea. All chiropractors are asked whether it is okay to crack
your own neck. In case you’re wondering too; the answer is a resounding NO. It’s never okay to manipulate
your own neck, no matter how good you think it feels. Here’s the bottom line. Your spine likes to be stable.
It’s not happy when it’s unbalanced. If your neck is tight, painful or stiff, there’s a good chance you’ve got a
developing structural problem. Spinal degeneration is a serious problem and I can promise you that
bending, twisting and contorting your own neck to induce popping sounds is not the solution! You need to
address the cause of the problem and be treated at the chiropractor’s office.
What is an adjustment? An adjustment is the chiropractic term for a procedure otherwise known as spinal
manipulation. The adjustment is delivered by hand or by an instrument, using a high velocity low amplitude
thrust on a specific area of the spine or extremities. The goal of the adjustment is to correct spinal
subluxations detected during examination. A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a
precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up” or not moving properly. This adds motion to
the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe
and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function and improved health.
What makes the cracking or popping sound during the adjustment? The modern form of spinal
manipulation techniques have characteristic biomechanical features and are usually associated with an
audible “popping” or “cracking” sound. This sound is called cavitation and is exactly the same thing that
happens when you crack your knuckles. A cavitation is the formation of vapor bubbles of a flowing liquid in
a region where the pressure of the liquid falls below its vapor pressure. Every joint in the body is lubricated
and supported by fluid filled sacs that contain gas pockets. That sound is not your spine "cracking" or
"popping" like most people think. That sound is created by nitrogen gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum
created when the joints are slightly separated. A perfect example of this phenomenon would be the "pop"
sound you hear when the cork is taken out of a champagne bottle. Keep in mind that not all chiropractic
adjusting techniques produce this noise. In fact, some adjusting techniques use little force and thus
produce no noise at all.
Can the bones of my spine move to far and become too loose from adjustments? No, that’s an old wives
tale much like the saying that cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis. Understanding what physically
occurs during an adjustment will help you realize that the "Chiropractic causes a loose spine” theory is
actually just a popular myth. Chiropractic is unique from all other professions in that our purpose is to
restore lost joint motion and return them to a normal or ideal range. Chiropractic adjustments do not move
the joint any further than it was intended to move; nor will every single bone in your spine be adjusted. The
chiropractor will assess which joints are subluxated and adjust those joints only. Years of training, practice
and experience of your chiropractor, along with the specificity of the spinal adjustment itself, makes it highly
unlikely that the bones of the spine will become loose or move too far.
Do I have to have X-rays in order to receive treatment? We do not x-ray every new patient. The decision
as to whether or not we take x-rays will depend on your case information as well as what we discover
during your physical examination. You can be assured we will only take x-rays if we feel they are necessary
and be useful in providing you an assessment and solution to your spinal condition. If we do determine
that x-ray is needed in your case, we never disregard the need of using the least amount of radiation
exposure as possible. We take every precaution necessary to reduce this exposure risk.
Will chiropractic improve my posture? Many spinal problems lead to poor posture and altered
performance. Chiropractic is geared to restore maximum spinal mobility and normal body balance.
Proper alignment allows your muscles, joints and ligaments to work smoothly. As a result you will have
better posture, mobility and function.