1. What is Chiropractic?
It comes from the Greek words, "chiro," meaning hand, and "practic," meaning practice or treatment. Chiropractic is a form of health care that focuses primarily on restoring normal position, motion and function to the body's structures; especially the spine. A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.),is specifically trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine.
2. What is a Subluxation?
A misalignment in the bony structures of the spine called vertebrae. Subluxations can create pressure or irritation on the various nerves exiting your spine and can cause a wide variety of symptoms throughout your body, such as localized pain, soreness, weakness or sharp, shooting pain or muscle spasms. When pressure is applied on a nerve in your spine, the nerve energy is interrupted and sometimes this can profoundly affect the function of systems or organs in your body.
3. What is an Adjustment?
An Adjustment is a specific, high velocity, low amplitude thrust to a vertebral subluxation segment to restore the vertebrae to its natural, original position. This will allow the neuro component of the vertebrae to "breathe" and decreases stress on that particular nerve and will decrease pain. An Adjustment is very safe when given only by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic.
4. What is a Cavitation?
A Cavitation is the sound one associates with the Chiropractic Adjustment. The "Cracking" sound is nothing other than a slight gas pressure released when the adjustment is given. Many times you will not hear any sound depending on the patients ligament flexibility. It is a sound that is nothing to worry about.
5. Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes, Chiropractic is a safe, effective, natural, alternative of treating pain associated with subluxations of the vertebrae of the spine. There is no medication prescribed. Adjustments should only be performed by a Licenced Doctor of Chiropractic.
6. Can Children be treated by a Chiropractor?
Yes, children of all ages can safely be treated by a Doctor of Chiropractic. As with the Medical profession; a Doctor of Chiropractic can also specialize in various areas of interest such as Pediatrics, Sports Injuries, Radiology or Rehabilitation.