Expect Something Different.
During your first visit, your chiropractor will explain how joint dysfunctions may occur, how a chiropractic adjustment is used to correct them, and the many benefits chiropractic has to offer. If you’ve never been adjusted before, this is a great way to have some of your questions answered by a knowledgeable licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, so you know exactly what to expect. The doctor will answer any questions or concerns you may have prior to initiating treatment.
Your Consultation, Exam and Adjustment
After a consultation and exam, the doctor will determine if you may benefit from chiropractic care. If so, you will be adjusted in a private room on a comfortable adjustment table made specifically for this purpose. You will remain fully clothed for the duration of your visit, so we recommend you wear non-restrictive clothing to make it easier to rest comfortably while lying down on the table. A portion of your adjustment may be performed while you are face down, while other adjustments may be delivered while you are either on your side, sitting upright or lying on your back. If you have trouble lying on your stomach, back, or side, don’t worry. We can work around that.
What is the Popping Noise when an Adjustment is Delivered?
The popping sounds you hear are your joints releasing tiny pockets of gases. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of the joint, but rather the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Chiropractic is the largest, non-invasive, drugless and safest form of health care available. Statistically, patient risk is substantially lower when receiving chiropractic care as opposed to medical care, where the use of prescription drugs and surgery pose a greater risk.
Does Chiropractic Care Hurt?
Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment. Dr. Mo is an expert in gentle, non-evasive treatments. There’s nothing to fear, a proper adjustment is not painful.
Will I be Sore following a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort to promote healing.
How Long will my Visits Take?
This all depends on the length and severity of your condition, however, most first visits may last as much as 60 minutes. Follow-up visits are much less, often as little as 10-15 minutes.
How Often will I need to Return?
At the end of your first visit, your doctor will determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. The frequency in which you receive chiropractic care is strictly up to the professional judgment of the Doctor and will vary from individual to individual depending on your presenting condition and overall goals. Just as regular visits to the dentist are necessary for good dental hygiene, routine visits to a Doctor of Chiropractic are also important for proper spinal function and health maintenance.
Our chiropractor treats patients by delivering a chiropractic adjustment. If, during the course of your exam, the doctor feels that care is contraindicated, you will be referred to the appropriate healthcare provider and/or facility.
Did You Know?
The lifetime prevalence of low back pain is reported to be as high as 84%.
Experiences after a Chiropractic Adjustment
Each person’s body is unique and may experience numerous changes after their Chiropractic adjustment. These changes depend upon a person’s age, severity and duration of their condition, spine and nerve irritation, as well as level of stress.
The following experiences are a few examples:
- • Immediate improvement.
- • Some Improvement along with soreness in the area of Adjustment.
- • Soreness all over.
- • Symptoms may appear to be worse but gradually improve.
- • Changes may not be detectable.
- • Physical release such as tingling, warmth or chills.
- • Emotional release such as laughing or crying.
- • Chemical release such as nasal discharge, sweating, sneezing or nausea.
- • Improvement in overall physical health and personal issues.
Always remember: Pain is the last symptom to appear and first symptom to disappear. Absence of pain will not indicate that the underlying problem has been fully corrected.
Healing takes Time!
Here are a few suggestions to keep your body healthy:
- Regular spinal adjustments
- Drinking sufficient amounts of water
- Exercising and movement
- Proper amount of sleep
- Eating healthy
- Deep breathing
- Positive thinking and feelings
- Maintaining a stress-free environment
Put your Pain on Ice
If you have ever had a bad ankle sprain, you know from experience how sensitive a swollen joint can be. Movement in any direction can irritate a swollen joint capsule, and pressure on the joint can result in excruciating pain. When the affected joint happens to be a spinal joint, however, the intensity of pain can rise off the charts. Whether the injury occurs bit by bit or all at once inflammation occurs which increases the pressure on sensitive spinal nerve roots. This not only exacerbates back pain, but the pain can travel along the nerve pathway into the body.
Inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing response, but when it becomes excessive or prolonged it can aggravate already painful symptoms. One option is to medicate with a prescription anti-inflammatory or over-the-counter drug. While these medications can help to temporarily reduce swelling, they always come at a cost. Any drug that you ingest, even one that you buy off the shelf, must be processed and filtered by the body, so in effect you are only swapping out one stress for another when you medicate for inflammation.
The safer, more effective option for reducing swelling is to simply use ice. When used properly an ice pack can control inflammation as good as medication, and without the dangerous side effects.
Here are some tips to help give your pain the deep freeze:
- Invest in a soft pliable ice pack that can be easily molded to fit the body’s contours.
- Always wrap the ice pack in a towel, do not apply directly to the skin.
- Limit ice to 15-20 minutes at time, or through the 4 phases of C-BAN (cold, burning, aching, numbness).
- Ice after stretching or exercise, never before.
- Ice is recommended for as long as inflammation persists.
Turn up the Heat
Chronic muscle tension and spasm is not only uncomfortable, it can hamper your range of motion, affect job performance, and decrease your overall quality of life.
Subluxated spinal joints create an imbalance in the musculature surrounding the spine, and when the subluxation becomes chronic, so does the muscle spasm. Subluxations can also alter the nerve flow into a muscle, causing it to continually fire, resulting in constant muscle tension. Adjusting pressure off of the nerve re-establishes the proper signal into the muscle and realigning the vertebra also allows the muscles to physically relax back into their natural position.
In cases of chronic spasm, one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to complement your adjustments is to use moist heat to reduce the intensity of muscle tension. This is an excellent habit to get into between your adjustments. Reducing the severity of muscle tension will help to ease the pulling forces on the vertebra, which typically means that your adjustment will have longer-lasting effects.
- Always use moist heat. Moist heat will penetrate deeper and is more effective than dry heat at relaxing chronic muscle tension. Also, your muscles are made mostly of water and moist heat poses no risk of dehydration.
- Never place a hot pack directly on the skin. Use a towel or terry cloth cover over your hot pack.
- Limit the use of a hot pack to 15-20 minutes at a time. The body can quickly adapt to the heat and prolonged sessions can easily result in burns.
- In cases of an acute flare up of a chronic problem, use ice first to reduce inflammation, and then switch over to moist heat.