Your Chiropractic FAQs Answered
Q: What Is Chiropractic Care?
- Let’s start at the beginning - and rest assured, this is not a “stupid” question. It is, in fact, one of the most fundamental. You need to be informed, and comfortable, with any healthcare and treatments you receive. Chiropractic practitioners perform adjustments to the spine and/or other areas of the body to correct alignment. The ultimate goal is to encourage the body to heal itself. Think of it as jumpstarting your natural ability to heal.
Q: What Conditions Does Chiropractic Treat?
- Many people receive chiropractic care to treat conditions like back pain or to help them recover from accidents or injuries. Treating these issues with non-drug, non-surgical solutions, or complementing other medical techniques, can be remarkably effective.
Did you know, though, that chiropractic practitioners treat a wide range of conditions, including neck pain, chronic pain, headache, sports-related injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, problems with the muscles, ligaments, and joints, as well as issues involving the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular systems.
Many people with migraine, asthma, pinched nerves, disc problems, TMJ, hip/pelvic pain, poor posture, etc., seek relief from chiropractic care providers. At Beth El Wellness & Chiropractic, we also offer corrective exercises, nutritional guidance, and lifestyle advice to help you live your best life.
Q: Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
- This, of course, is of the utmost importance! Rest assured that chiropractic care has been practiced for centuries. It is regarded as one of the safest non-invasive, non-drug treatment options for many folks.
That said, there are risks involved with any treatment. Most people experience relief after their treatment, but a small amount feel mild aching, stiffness, or soreness. It is similar to how you may feel after a rigorous workout, and it typically resolves itself within a day.
It is also important to consider the risk factors compared to other procedures used to treat your condition. For example, if you are suffering from musculoskeletal pain, you might otherwise take prescription or OTC NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) or prescription pain medication. NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal problems, and, of course, there is a high risk of addiction-related to drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone.
A followup question: Is chiropractic care safe for children and pregnant women? Yes and yes. When you choose an experienced chiropractic practitioner, you and/or your child will receive safe, gentle care that is tailored to your needs.
Q: What Happens During a Treatment?
- During an adjustment or manipulation, your chiropractic care provider uses hands or an instrument to manipulate your joints. This works to enhance or restore functionality to these regions. The provider is extensively trained, and the process is minutely controlled. The number of treatments that is optimal for you depends on a variety of factors, including your condition(s), overall health, and goals.
Uh oh… what’s that popping sound? No, your provider didn’t “break” you! Sometimes, adjustments release a bubble of gas between the joints. This results in a popping sound, similar to that you make when you crack your knuckles. The vast majority of the time, there is no discomfort associated with this. Some may find very minor - and fleeting - discomfort.
Q: How Do I Find a Chiropractic Care Provider?
- It is worth taking the time to research your options and select the most experienced provider you can. Referrals from your doctor, friends, family members, and colleagues are quite useful. Doctors of chiropractic care are fully trained and educated as primary contact health care professionals, and they focus intensely on diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
Requirements are rigorous, and your provider will have trained in biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, psychology, lab work, physics, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, nutrition, exercise, rehabilitation, etc.. They must complete 4200 hours of classroom, lab, and clinical experience. Dig into their credentials and background!
It is also important to feel comfortable with and confident in your selection. In other words, make sure the “chemistry” is right.
Q: Do I Need a Referral?
- Typically, you do not need a referral from your primary care physician for a chiropractic appointment - but your insurance company may require it, so be sure to check. The good news is that most insurance plans do cover chiropractic care.
If you think that chiropractic care will be beneficial to you, please contact the Beth El Wellness & Chiropractic team today. We are happy to answer any additional questions you have and schedule an appointment.