Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is Chiropractic?
What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
Does Chiropractic hurt?
Is Chiropractic safe?
What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?
Have any studies been published showing what chiropractic is effective for?
What can I expect on my first visit?
What other services do you offer besides chiropractic?
How long do I need to come in?
How do I know if treatment is working?
What is the Cracking Noise?
Do I have to get “Cracked”?

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that historically is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body).  Modern chiropractic focuses on functional restoration that incorporates traditional chiropractic thought with modern application of scientific principles and protocols as well as the and the latest research to maximize treatment effectiveness.  
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What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve low back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
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Does Chiropractic hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Soreness may be common; however it is the kind of soreness that one would experience after a good workout. This is due to the increase in motion, which may make some muscles that haven't moved in some time move more than usual just like in a good workout.
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Is Chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one. This is extremely low when compared to drugs-including over the counter drugs-and surgery.

The safety of chiropractic care has been well documented in professional journals of all kinds. To put this into perspective, research reveals that some 100,000 people die each year from the effects of prescription drugs that were prescribed by their doctors. This is not meant to be “MD bashing”, but the truth about the safety of medications is rejected in the Journal of the American Medical Association (April 1998). The article continues to say, “Discovering new dangers of drugs after marketing is common. Overall 51% of approved drugs leave serious adverse effects and decided prior to approval. Merely discovering adverse effects is not by itself sufficient to protect the public. Each year prescription drugs injure 1.5 million people so severely that they require hospitalization and 100,000 people die, making prescription drugs the 4 th leading cause of death in the United States”.
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What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?
 

Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.

Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) compromise the second largest health care profession with over 50,000 practitioners in the U.S. They earn the title “doctor” alone with medical doctors (M.D.), and doctors of osteopathy, (D.O.)

The education process leading to the title of Doctor of Chiropractic is quite similar to that of an MD and a DO. In order to earn a DC degree, a student must complete several year of pre-chiropractic studies at a college or university followed by 5 academic years of chiropractic education. Dr. Thomas received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry, prior to attending chiropractic school. The chiropractic student’s last year is spent in a clinical internship (Similar to MD or DO “rotations”. During this time the chiropractic intern, under the supervision of a licensed D.C, will consult, examine and treat patients in a clinic setting. Upon graduation and earning the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, a state licensing examination must be passed in order to practice.

Chiropractic students study many of the same textbooks as medical and osteopathic students. As a matter of fact, a chiropractic student accumulates more course hours in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics (how the body moves), neurology and nutrition than their medical and osteopathic colleagues.
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Have any studies been published showing what chiropractic is effective for?
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving back pain. More recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic and migraine headaches.
 

What can I expect on my first visit?

Consultation: The most important question for your doctor to answer is whether or not you are a candidate for care in our office. Doctors of Chiropractic attempt to completely understand your health condition, not just treat your symptoms, but get to the cause.

The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The DC may also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.

Examination: A physical examination will be performed following your consultation, in accordance with your DC's clinical judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. After ruling out conditions that require an immediate medical referral, your doctor will perform an evaluation of your neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes the nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.

Report of Findings: Upon completion of the physical examination and any other necessary testing, an assessment of your condition will be given to you in what is known as the “Report of findings”. During the report of findings, your doctor will discuss your diagnosis, your treatment plan, including the duration and number of visits.
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What other services do you offer besides chiropractic?

Our office offers a variety of alternative health treatments, including orthotics, physiotherapy, exercise and nutritional consulting.  Massage Therapy is also available by a licensed massage therapist. 
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How long do I need to come in?

 

That depends on what you are trying to accomplish. My plan usually involves 3 things: 

1.  Get you out of pain, and/or the pain cycle. 

2.  Stabilize the area. 

3.  Maintain. 

With that being said, there are typically 3 types of care: 

1. Initial Intensive Care: When you first feel pain, aches or obvious symptoms that prompt you to begin chiropractic care, the first thing you want is to feel better. Office visits will be frequent and your adjustments may be combined with other therapies that facilitate treatment. Depending upon your age, condition an lifestyle, repeated visits over weeks or months may be needed to reduce or eliminate symptoms.

2. Rehabilitative care/Corrective Care: Muscle and other soft tissue damage often remain after your original symptoms have improved. Rehabilitative care stabilizes your spine and promotes more complete healing. Visit frequency is reduced at this time and you may be encouraged to supplement your care with exercises or other self-care procedures. When your pain is gone, true healing can occur. Stopping care prematurely may risk a relapse. Until your pain is gone, your body may adapt to faulty movement patterns that will not allow complete healing.

3. Maintenance/Tune-Up Care: When maximum improvement is reached, periodic chiropractic “checkups” are recommended. These wellness visits can detect, and help correct, new problems before they become serious. Health-conscious adults choose this type of care for themselves and their children. Like other preventive health measures, Wellness Care can save time and money by helping you STAY well.

Most injuries and problems have a few causes. If there is a traumatic event, like a car accident, treatment may be for several months. If it has been a gradual or a chronic level of pain, treatment may be for years. Pain many times is the last thing the show up and the first thing to leave. Treatment is usually done aggressively at first with daily visits when the injury is acutely severe, and usually 3 times a week at first, then reducing to 2 times a week, then 1 as the condition continues to stabilize. It is then maintained at that point on a periodic basis. I recommend monthly care, however, some people may need more frequent care, others need less to maintain stability. How long you treat is always up to you.
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How do I know if treatment is working?

You should notice some improvement with treatment in about 6 visits if not sooner. Some people note immediate relief, depending on the length of time that they have had the problem. If you don't have any change in a few weeks, either we much change the treatment plan, or refer you to the appropriate specialist for treatment.
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What is the Cracking Noise?

A joint contains fluid that helps keep it healthy and lubricated (like oil) for the joint. This “synovial fluid” contains gas. This is very similar to the carbonation in a soft drink and when you are adjusted, it is the release of gas, much like when the can of soda is opened. When an adjustment is made, you may hear a noise, called an “audible release” or a “crack”. It is simply the release of gas of the fluid in the joint. Most patients will sooner or later ask this question.
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Do I have to get “Cracked”?

No. Dr. Thomas has several methods that are low force technique s that will accomplish your health goals. An adjusting instrument or a mechanical table may be used instead if a patient is too uncomfortable to undergo a regular chiropractic “adjustment”.
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