Does Chiropractic hurt?
Typical chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds in an effort to correct misalignments and/or "fixations" in the spine that are causing pain or other symptoms and may have been present for years. Any discomfort you may have following your first few adjustments can be compared to the soreness you have after a hard workout at the gym.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be one million to one. Pinckney Chiropractic Clinic employs highly trained professionals with years of experience. Our staff has worked on hundreds or thousands of patients using techniques that have been in practice for over a hundred years. Our procedures are natural and drugless.
By contrast, the December 11, 1999 issue of the British Medical Journal stated medical errors kill almost 100,000 Americans a year, with other sources estimating the figure to be up to four times that amount, ranking only behind heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death. Our conservative philosophy is chiropractic first, medicine second and surgery last.
What kind of education and training does Pinckney Chiropractic Clinic have?
Before entering chiropractic college, one must complete, at a minimum, a 2 year pre-professional study, with many chiropractic colleges and universities requiring a 4 year undergraduate basic science degree. Chiropractors receive a post-graduate education that includes evaluation and care for the entire body with special emphasis on neuromusculo-skeletal 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, biochemistry, biomechanics, clinical and radiological diagnosis), specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, specific technique, diagnosis and applications), and extensive clinical and practical training with patients.
Have any studies been published showing for what chiropractic is effective?
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving back pain. More recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating 9 varieties of conditions.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first procedure your doctor will do is take a complete history of your complaints - when did your pain start, what happened, when does it hurt, etc. In addition your chiropractor will ask about your family history, dietary habits, previous injuries, 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. This one-on-one talk is very important in making a diagnosis.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your doctor of chiropractic'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.
What is the treatment like?
The chiropractic "adjustments" are short gentle thrusts delivered to specific areas of the spine or other joints. These adjustments correct misalignments, reduce joint fixations, and improve mobility and flexibility of the spine and relieve pressure on sensitive irritated tissues...which in turn helps reduce the pain and other symptoms such as nerve "pinching".
In addition to the specific chiropractic adjustments, a patient may receive physio-therapy to the affected soft tissues (e.g. muscles, ligaments and/or tendons) in an effort to reduce pain, inflammation and muscle spasm, and also to promote soft tissue healing.
How long will it take?
Each patient is different. Some people have had their problem for a long time, and others have only recently begun to experience their pain. Depending on the severity and duration of the condition and its underlying causes, you may be under care for as little as 2 weeks or as long as 3 months or more. Again, it depends on the nature of the condition, what the x-rays show, what the exam findings were, your overall health and fitness level, and how you respond to care.
Other than Chiropractic, what else do you do?
We believe that no one can truly be healthy without good nutrition. In addition to our extensive nutritional training, we offer patients nutritional analysis allowing us to make specific vitamin, mineral, herbal, diet and nutritional recommendations. Who better to talk to about nutrition than your doctor?
We may also recommend supportive products to assist in maintaining proper posture and body mechanics. These may include custom-made orthotics, cervical pillows, neck, mid or low back supports, home rehabilitation units or simple home exercises.