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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts 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). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs, chemicals and surgeries, but by locating and adjusting the cranium and the neuromusculoskeletal areas of the body which is functioning improperly.

What conditions benefit from Chiropractic care?

Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve neck and low back pain, scientific studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, sport injuries of the peripheral joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injuries, fibromyalgia, infantile colic, neurological disorders; only to name a few of the myriad successes with chiropractic care.

Is Chiropractic painful?

Under normal circumstances, adjustments are painless. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Doctors of Chiropractic adjust subluxations meaning: "sub"- less than; "lux"- light; "ations"- conditions. The word adjustment is also rooted from three ancient words: "ad"- move to center; "just"- balance, "ment"- mind.

Is Chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of three million to one.

What kind of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic have?

Doctors of Chiropractic receive an intensive four year post graduate education that emphasizes neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated in 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.

Have any studies been published showing what Chiropractic is effective for?

Numerous scientific studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving back pain. More recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic, migraine headaches, sport injuries, addictions and emotional disorders.