Tips and FAQs

Your Body – Your Health – Your Pain

These are very personal issues and can be a cause for concern, particularly when you have questions and don’t know the best answers. We understand that, and want to remove some of the stress that you are feeling. Because of this, we have included some basic information here. It includes: basic information, tips, and answers to questions that we are commonly asked. And. Of course, don’t hesitate to stop in or call for more information or to arrange time for a consultation!

About Chiropractic

The relationship of the nervous system (the primary control mechanism of the body) and the spine is the focus of chiropractic. The spine serves two primary functions; allows for freedom of movement and houses and protects the spinal cord. When the spine’s vertebrae become misaligned (either due to trauma or repetitive injury), the range of motion is limited and the nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised. This interruption of the nerve flow (also called subluxation), can lead to pain, disability, and a general decrease in quality of life. Doctors of chiropractic aim to remove this interference and restore normal nerve expression, hence restoring health.

What happens on my first visit?

On your first visit, you will meet with the chiropractor to discuss a thorough review of your health history as well as current health issues. After undergoing a physical examination, you may or may not take x-rays to determine the condition of your spine. Afterwards, we will schedule your next visit to review your case, go over x-rays, and undergo chiropractic care should you be a chiropractic candidate.

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How long does it take to get an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment does not take long. The doctor will evaluate your spine and determine when and where the bones in your spine require an adjustment. While this may not take very long, each visit will include meeting with the chiropractor to review your current level of functioning so that we are able to keep as up-to-date on your condition as possible.

10 Reasons to See Your Chiropractor

#1: Chronic pain in your joints, muscles or head that hasn’t improved with traditional medical treatment.

#2: If you sit for long periods of time or perform repetitive physical tasks

#3: An injury to a muscle, joint or your spine that hasn’t healed with medical treatment, medications or physical therapy.

#4: Sharp pain shoots from your hip down your leg.

#5: Pain, aches, or a burning sensation/stiffness that comes and goes for no explainable reason.

#6: You want to resolve joint pain or muscle pain without drugs or surgery.

#7: The soles of your shoes consistently wear differently or at different rates.

#8: The hem of your skirt or pants hangs unevenly.

#9: Your head is positioned forward rather than directly over your shoulders

#10: One of your shoulders is lower than the other

Getting an adjustment

Chiropractic For Kids

Children are magnets for falls, sprains, strains and sports-related injuries. Chiropractic is an invaluable therapeutic option for children because it’s noninvasive and drug-free. A survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that approximately two million children receive chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation each year.

Backpacks are another common source of injuries for children.
A heavy backpack can be harmful to your child.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 6,500 kids are taken to the emergency room each year because of backpack-related injuries. 
Emergency room physicians are seeing back pain caused by heavy backpacks and injuries in the knee, leg, ankle, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hand, head and neck are common.

Ways to make your child’s backpack less of a burden:

  • The loaded backpack should be no more than 15 percent of your child’s weight.
  • Remind your child to use both straps.
  • Use a backpack with a waist belt or frame (this places the weight on your child’s pelvis, not shoulders).
  • Tighten the straps so the pack is close to the body.
  • Make sure the straps and the portion of the backpack that rests against the child’s back are well padded.
  • Pack heavy items on the bottom.
  • Balance the load as much as possible.
  • Consider a backpack with wheels for pulling.

The chiropractic techniques used are gentle and age-appropriate. Chiropractors do not replace your child’s pediatrician. Rather, the treatments should complement each other. Check out icpa4kids.org for more information on children and chiropractic treatment.

 

“After my adjustment, I finally got one FULL night of sleep! My sleeping patterns have improved, so much! A full night sleep was the key to a much better day!” – Beth N.

“Throughout my pregnancy, I had lower back pain and headaches which caused me to lose sleep. I got adjusted and thanks to that and completing exercises and stretches, my low back pain has resolved. Thanks to Dr. Smith, my worries about birth are few now that I know my son’s life has been in such great hands.” – Cassie C.

“Since I started coming here, I don’t cry as much. I used to cry so much that the Dr’s were considering putting me on Prozac. Now I haven’t cried in a week!” S.P.

 

Back-Saving Tips

The American Chiropractic Association suggests the following do’s and don’ts:

WASHING DISHES – Open the cabinet beneath the sink, bend one knee and put your foot on the shelf under the sink. Lean against the counter so some of your weight is supported in front.

IRONING – Raise one foot a bit. Place it on a small stool or a book to take some strain off your back.

VACUUMING – Use a “fencer’s stance.” Put all your weight on one foot, then step forward and back with the other foot as you push the vacuum forward and back. Use the back foot as a pivot when you turn.

TALKING ON THE PHONE – Don’t cradle the phone between your ear and shoulder. Instead, hold the phone with your hand or use the speakerphone.

WATCHING TV OR RELAXING – Don’t use the sofa arm as a pillow. The angle is much too sharp for your neck.

USE A COLDPACK FOR BACK PAIN –  Wrap an ice pack in a towel moistened with warm water. The warmth gives way to gradual cold, which likely will alleviate the discomfort. If pain persists for more than a day or if you experience numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms or legs, see your chiropractor.

LIFTING – Whether you’re picking up your child or a heavy bucket of water, you need to do it the proper way to avoid injury. Bend from the knees, not the waist. As you lift, hold the item as close to your body as possible. If you have to turn to place it, step in the direction of the turn. That way, you’re not twisting your body and straining your spine.

Tips for Moms & Moms-to-be

Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the increased low back pain brought on by pregnancy. And scientific studies have found that spinal manipulation carries no increased risk to the pregnant woman or her baby. Chiropractic’s non-drug, non-surgical approach to back pain can be especially attractive to pregnant women who are trying to avoid over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic and exercise advice that will help you avoid the discomforts of pregnancy.

Chiropractic care can also be helpful after childbirth. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state. In addition, as the upper and lower spine return to normal, muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort and shoulder problems can result. Your doctor of chiropractic can help.

Travel Tips

Luggage:
The American Chiropractic Association suggests checking bags weighing over 5-10% of your body weight. If you can’t check them, lift smart by keeping the bag close to you, using leg muscles instead of back muscles, and pivoting with your feet, not twisting your back. Lift in stages by lifting your bag onto the seat then into the overhead compartment via two separate movements.

Sitting:
Travel often includes extended periods of sitting. Sit with both feet firmly on the ground with hips, knees, and ankles at 90° angles. If your feet don’t touch the ground, use something that can act as a footrest to prevent strain on the low back. Provide support for the lumbar spine by using a lumbar pillow. A C-shaped pillow designed to fit around the neck will help avoid strain.

Moving:
Movement is one of the greatest keys to prevent travel related pain. Your spine was designed for movement, so extended sitting puts stress on back muscles. Move every 20-30 minutes to get the blood circulating to the soft tissues of the spine and avoid the likelihood of stiffening. Stretching also prevents stiffness in the muscles of the back and legs.

Hydration & Rest:
Drink lots of water and avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, or soda as they dehydrate you and provide less lubrication for your joints. Last but not least, relax after traveling. Give your body time to recuperate.

Latest Research

Hypertension
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/hypertension-and-the-atlas-subluxation-complex.html

Infant Nursing Difficulties and Chiropractic
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/chiropractic-care-for-infants-with-dysfunctional-nursing-a-case-series.html

Safety and Effectiveness of Chiropractic on Children
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-safety-and-effectiveness-of-pediatric-chiropractic-results-from-a-practice-based-research-network.html

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-chiropractic-care-of-children-with-attention-deficithyperactivity-disorder-a-retrospective-case-series.html

http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Research/consider-fish-oil-over-ritalin.html

Colic
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/infantile-colic-and-chiropractic.html

http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-short-term-effect-of-spinal-manipulation-in-the-treatment-of-infantile-colic-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-with-a-blinded-observer.html

Chron’s Disease/Colitis
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/long-term-remission-and-alleviation-of-symptoms-in-allergy-and-crohns-disease-patients-following-spinal-adjustment-for-reduction-of-vertebral-subluxations.html

Immune Function
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-effects-of-chiropractic-on-the-immune-system-a-review-of-the-literature.html

Carpal Tunnel
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/comparative-efficacy-of-conservative-medical-and-chiropractic-treatments-for-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial.html

Turning Breech Babies/Webster Technique
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-webster-technique-results-from-a-chiropractic-practice-based-research-program.html

Pregnancy
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/sacroiliac-subluxation-a-common-treatable-cause-of-low-back-pain-in-pregnancy.html

http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/chiropractic-care-of-women-during-pregnancy-and-the-possible-success-at-resolving-dystocia-a-case-series.html