Chiropractic FAQs

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a science, philosophy, and art, based on a powerful premise. The brain and spinal cord communicate with every organ, tissue, and structure in the body through a series of nerves. These nerves exit the spinal column through the freely movable vertebrae of the spine. The vertebrae, however, have the potential to misalign creating a subluxation. Doctors of chiropractic are specially trained to identify the misalignments of the spine, called subluxations, and correct them through specific chiropractic adjustments. This facilitates proper nervous system function. As a result, the body is more capable of fighting infections and healing properly.

What is vertebral subluxation?

Your spine is made up of small joints called vertebrae. When these small joints get slightly misaligned, due to repetitive stress, chemical imbalances, or emotional stresses, it irritates the nerves. When the nerve isn’t functioning correctly, it can result in symptoms related to organs, muscles and systems of the body.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Your doctor of chiropractic gently restores proper motion to your spinal segments to remove nerve interference allowing the body to improve its function, resulting in a better expression of health.

Do medical doctors refer to chiropractors?

Yes, there is a growing trend of obstetricians, pediatricians and family doctors referring patients for chiropractic care as they see the benefits of spinal adjustments. They recognize that this is out of the scope of their practice

Are chiropractors anti-medical doctors?

No, your family wellness chiropractor recognizes the important role that a medical doctor plays in your family’s health and believes in a team approach. When your family requires medical attention, that’s where your chiropractor will encourage you to go.

Can chiropractic care be affordable for my entire family?

Families that receive wellness chiropractic care usually report the overall improved quality of life of their family members. They further report with their improved health they often are saving money, which makes it affordable to have the entire family in for care. Of course, knowing that you’ve provided your child the opportunity to have a healthy adulthood is the greatest benefit.

Prenatal FAQs

Can women who are pregnant receive chiropractic care?

Of course! Many pregnant women report back to their chiropractors the tremendous benefits they’ve received through regular adjustments. These include: less back pain, less discomfort during the pregnancy, less morning sickness and an improved quality of labor and delivery.

What is the Webster technique?

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique utilized when a baby is in breech position. This technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates balance in the pelvic and abdominal muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces constraint to the woman’s uterus allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. It does not involve aggressive, manual turning of the fetus. Webster is a non-invasive technique that allows the baby freedom to move if there is no physiological barrier.

Can a chiropractic adjustment turn a breech baby

Chiropractors do not perform any obstetrical services; however, the Websters technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which reduces interference to the nervous system, improving function of the pelvic muscles and ligaments leading to the reduction of constraint to the woman’s uterus and allowing the fetus the best opportunity to be positioned for a healthy birth.

Can I get a massage when I’m pregnant?

Massage is wonderful way to enhance prenatal care. Massage enhances immune system function by promoting proper lymphatic circulation. It also improves circulation of blood and reduces blood pressure. Furthermore, since hormonal changes alter sleep patterns during pregnancy, massage can be beneficial in promoting better sleep. Many studies indicate that the increased levels of oxytocin and cortisol during late pregnancy may play a role in forgetfulness that is often experienced. Massage has been proven to reduce mental and physical fatigue and improves concentration. Prenatal Massage Therapy is available at Horizon Family Chiropractic, please ask for Genevieve Needham.

Pediatric FAQs

Why should I bring my child to a chiropractor?

Like dentistry, early care prevents adulthood spinal problems.

Why should children be under chiropractic care?

The spine and nervous system are developing rapidly in the first years of life. That is why parents who understand the importance of being subluxation-free have their newborns examined by their chiropractor as soon after birth as possible. Your child’s nervous system is highly affected by daily falls and injuries common in those years and the repetitive movements that occur the following years (backpacks, increased computer usage and poor posture). Like dentistry, many parents see the benefits of providing preventative care for their children and see this as an important role in their child’s overall health and wellness.

How does a subluxation occur in children?

Subluxations can occur at any time. The first subluxation may very well have occurred at your baby’s birth Any major or even minor spinal trauma (a fall, a jolt, a sudden movement) can cause the vertebrae to become misaligned, resulting in a subluxation. This can happen in children due to birth trauma, as well as falls and tumbles in their first years of life.

Will my child be adjusted every time I bring them in to have their spine checked?

Your family wellness chiropractor wants your child to have regular check ups due to the many falls and tumbles that are part of their everyday life. There is a very small window of time when your child’s spine is developing (from birth to age 18) in which to prevent adult problems. However, if your child doesn’t need to be adjusted, then it’s a checkup visit only. The fact is that checkups with a chiropractor will be much more frequent than with any other health care provider because the spine is more sensitive to outside stress, strains and small repetitive injuries than any other part of the body.

Can chiropractic care cure common childhood illnesses?

No, however, parents report back that after receiving regular chiropractic adjustments, there is a marked improvement in their children’s quality of life. Basically, chiropractic care facilitates one’s natural function, which typically leads to an expression of better health.

What if my medical doctor tells me not to take my children to a chiropractor?

Many obstetricians, pediatricians and family practitioners are beginning to see the benefits of chiropractic care for children, but there still are a great number of medical doctors that have not accepted the facts. For every doctor who tells you that chiropractic care is dangerous or a placebo for children, you’ll find a handful that will tell you that it’s perfectly safe and beneficial. The final decision is up to you. Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey notes that “… brain development in the fetus and baby occurs through a series of critical periods, ‘windows of opportunity’.”1 He goes on to state that if the correct amount of nerve flow has not occurred through a nerve pathway during its ‘window of opportunity’ for development, then that nerve pathway is “pruned” – cut off, never to return. Nerves either work or they don’t. Biologists call it the all-or-none law. There’s no such thing as a nerve cell working at 50%. It’s either on or off. Subluxations choke off some of the nerve cells in a nerve pathway, meaning that less than the normal amount of messages get through. Those messages that do get through are reduced and distorted. These are the nerve cells that the body might remove if proper flow is not restored, setting up a potentially life-long subluxation pattern in that child’s nervous system! The birth process alone can contribute to neck trauma and instability. Abraham Towbin, MD, reported the results of a study on newborn spinal cord/brainstem injuries that he conducted at the Harvard Department of Neuropathology.2 He performed autopsies on more than 2,000 newborns that died shortly after birth. In his report, Latent Spinal Cord and Brain Stem Injuries in Newborn Infants, Dr. Towbin stated: “Spinal cord and brain stem injuries often occur during the process of birth, but frequently escape diagnosis. Respiratory distress is a cardinal sign of such injury.”3

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