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Here are some answers to frequently asked questions we often receive at the Chiropractic First group. Click on each question to expand and find our answers.

Discs never “slip”! It is a misnomer. The disc is fairly hard and is made of cartilage and fiber type of material. It is strongly attached to the bones of the spine hence it cannot “slip”. However it can tear, herniate and bulge. It is usually very painful, because as the disc bulges, tears or herniates it can put pressure on the spinal nerves or the spinal cord.

If you think you or someone you know have a damaged disc, consult a Chiropractic Doctor first. Numerous research studies have been conducted in regards to restoration of disc problems with Chiropractic care, without the use of surgery.

Spinal nerves get irritated, stretched, or become subluxated. A pinched nerve is extremely rare and usually leads to excruciating pain. Most of the time the pain experienced in the back or neck is due to a “Subluxation”. A Doctor of Chiropractic is equipped to deal with most issues of spinal pain and subluxation.

Doctors of Chiropractic are specially educated to deal with restoration of your nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery. Using only natural methods, a Doctor of Chiropractic will assess the condition of your spine and the integrity of your nervous system. If there are interferences to the nervous system, a Doctor of Chiropractic will remove it by using only natural and the most appropriate technique designed specifically for every patient.

There are three basic reasons why we may get pain in the body.

The (1) physical cause includes trauma, even if minor, poor posture, inflexibility, fixated joints, poor motion techniques, etc…

The (2) chemical cause includes any irritant such as drugs, alcohol, improper foods, and many other reasons.

The (3) emotional cause may include depression, anger, fear, disappointment, etc…

You may have pain, or sometimes you may “feel OK”, but still have subluxation and not even know about it. Like diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, or early tooth degeneration, you may not feel the effects of a subluxation until it has become symptomatic and painful.

In the stressful living conditions that we are in, subluxation can occur through factors such as posture, sleep, the way we walk, ergonomics, etc. Hence, subluxation would be present if left untreated would lead to signs and symptoms.

An adjustment is when a Doctor of Chiropractic uses a specific instrument, hands, or a table to work with Subluxation. An adjustment restores the normal function of your muscular and nervous system. It is an application of a specific force to a distorted body part. A force that restores normal function and health.

It is “remarkably safe”! According to a New Zealand government study the treatment by a Doctor of Chiropractic are safer and more effective than drugs and surgery. According to the study, Chiropractic Adjustments are (100) one hundred times safer than over the counter drugs/medications for the same types of pain.

Not at all! A pop you may be able to elicit is not an adjustment! A Doctor of Chiropractic undertakes up to (8) eight years of education to be able to work individually with every patient. Each nervous system and body is unique. A Doctor of Chiropractic takes years to develop a technique of adjustment for each individual patient.

Most of the time, the amount of adjustments for pain relief is fairly short. Majority of the patients will report relief within (5) five to (10) ten visits. Some of the patients then choose corrective and prolonged care to restore full function of the body after the pain relief has taken place. The number of adjustments required is solely based on each and every individual case. Symptomatic relief often happens in a short period, whereas the strengthening and reconstructive period is most effective when combined with lifestyle changes and specific exercise programs.

In the majority of cases, yes. Once a surgery has been undergone, tissues and bones are affected and foreign materials that are used introduce stress into the body, however, Chiropractic care as a first resort could reduce the need for surgery in the first place. If you have had a surgical procedure, be sure to mention this at your initial consultation prior to your thorough evaluation. The Doctor will determine what treatments can or cannot take place.

Some patients report instant relief of pain. Many patients report relief of pain either complete or partial within a few short visits to a few weeks under care. This depends on the individual and what kind of health condition you are in currently. The Doctor will be able to inform you of your progress and will approximate the length of your treatment.

The Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to refer to other professional practitioners. If you cannot be helped by Chiropractic, you will be referred to another practitioner for further evaluation. Your health is our primary concern!

Step one: Basic paperwork. Step two: The Doctor will talk to you about your symptoms. Step three: The Doctor will perform a series of tests to determine what is wrong with you; this includes palpating (touching) the musculature and the bones around the area of your complaint.

After the Doctor has carefully evaluated your specific condition, he will explain to you why you are experiencing pain or discomfort!

All our Doctors are highly trained professionals. Therapy done by our highly trained Doctors of Chiropractic should not be painful. In fact, many patients report pleasurable sensation after the treatment.

The treatment was not painful, but I heard a light popping sound, can you explain to me what is this sound? The sound you may hear is not bones rubbing against one another, as some say, neither is anything breaking, it is a release of liquid/gas mixture your joints, like the sound you hear when opening a bottle of champagne. It is healthy and safe to hear the pops. This type of therapy is scientifically proven and highly beneficial.