Frequently Asked Questions
“How do I get subluxations?”
There are three causes of subluxation: 1) Physical causes such as a fall, trauma from an accident, or improper lifting; 2) Emotional factors like grief, anger and fear; 3) Chemical-based causes include alcohol, drugs, and poor diet.
“How do I know if I have a subluxation?”
You might have a subluxation if you are experiencing pain in your back or joints. However, you may have a subluxation and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay, subluxations can be present before any symptoms appear. When we conduct a thorough examination, the results will show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.
“Can subluxations clear up on their own?”
It can happen. Our amazing bodies have the ability to self-correct many problems as we move, bend, and stretch, or even when we are asleep. If you have subluxations that don’t resolve, however, you need to consult a chiropractor.
“What’s an adjustment?”
Chiropractic adjustments are focused on helping to “unfreeze” spinal joints that aren’t moving properly. An adjustment usually involves a quick thrust using the practitioner’s hands, an instrument, a special table, or forms of gravity.
“Are all patients adjusted the same way?”
No. Everyone is different, and therefore each patient’s care plan is different and takes into account factors such as age, health, and wellness goals along with the actual condition of the spine.
“Can I adjust myself?”
Absolutely not. Adjustments are specific and take years of training to master. Even your chiropractor must rely on a colleague for an adjustment.
“How many adjustments will I need?”
It depends on your situation and your wellness goals. Many patients see progress within a week or two of frequent visits, though in chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years. Visits usually become less often as your spine stabilizes. Many of our clients elect to continue with treatment after their initial condition is resolved as a wellness strategy and preventive measure.
“Why do newborns get adjustments?”
Childbirth can impact an infant’s spine. Studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections, or erratic sleeping habits can be related to spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are very gentle, using feather light pressure.
“What is a slipped disc and how do I know if I have one?”
A disc sits between each pair of spinal bones and is comprised of a fibrous outer ring that holds in a jelly-like material which serves as a “ball bearing” and shock absorber for joint movement. Because of the way it attaches to the spinal bone above and below it, a disc can’t literally “slip.” However, a disc can bulge, tear, herniated, dry out, or collapse. There is pain associated with any of these cases at the location of the affected disc.
“Do I have a pinched nerve?”
In fact, a pinched nerve is rare. The sensation that has been inaccurately labeled “pinched nerve” could be caused by an adjacent spinal bone that irritates, stretches, rubs or chafes a nerve. Any of these subluxations distorts nerve communication between the brain and the body and can cause unhealthy alterations to organs and tissues that the affected nerve serves.
“How long will I need chiropractic care?”
After patients find relief from the condition that brought them in to our offices, many choose to continue with some kind of periodic care as a preventive measure. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious.
“Will I receive any medication for my pain?”
Chiropractors do not dispense drugs. We can show you ways control painful symptoms through natural means. For example, when properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects of pain medications.
“Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?”
Yes. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level and it is prudent to ensure that any such instability is corrected. These are the areas that will be the focus of chiropractic care. Your chiropractor will avoid any surgically modified areas of your spine.
“Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?”
Absolutely. There are many ways to adjust the spine. When developing a care plan, we consider your specific circumstances. The adjustment methods selected will be best suited to your age, size, and condition.
“Are chiropractic adjustments safe?”
Yes they are. Chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record and can be a prudent alternative to pain medications or invasive surgery.
“Can the bones move too much during an adjustment?”
This is not likely. A chiropractic adjustment involves the right amount of energy delivered to a precise spot at a precise angle at just the right time. Your chiropractor’s years of training, practice and experience make your adjustments specific and safe.
“What makes the sound during the adjustment?”
The bones of each spinal joint are separating by fluids that provide lubrication. Some adjusting methods sometimes produce a sound when gas and fluids in the joint shift. The presence or absence of a sound is not an indication of the quality or effectiveness of an adjustment.
“What if insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care?”
This is our specialty service to you. Many of our patients have limited or no insurance coverage, we will make it affordable for you if your coverage is limited or restricted.
Call our Campbell chiropractic office today if you have any other questions or concerns!