Chiropractic Care – A safe, conservative, drug and surgery-free solution for your pain
Chiropractic physicians practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes examination, diagnosis and treatment. They use traditional diagnostic testing methods (such as x-rays, MRI, orthopedic, neurological tests and lab work) to form their diagnosis and treat using specific chiropractic techniques that involve hands-on manipulation of the articulations of the body. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
As an experienced, licensed chiropractic physician, Dr. Shari understands the many types of pain and the frustration which accompanies pain, and is skilled in identifying how to rid your body of it’s pain.
On completion of a thorough examination, Dr. Shari discusses with you the results of the exam and testing ordered, and the best approach to healing your body. She will plot out a treatment path with guidelines, appointments, and treatment planning. Depending on your needs, treatment may include a combination of 3-4 therapies such as: spinal adjusting, various methods of muscle spasm therapies, physiotherapy, heat/cold therapy, electric muscle stimulation, acupuncture, traction, exercise programs, physical rehabilitation, hypnosis and/or lifestyle and nutritional counseling and recommendations.
Dr. Shari ensures that your times together as doctor and patient are productive. She’ll provide you with a holistic experience that will benefit your entire body. Above all, Dr. Shari will help find ways to live your life to help you live a more pain free lifestyle, while advising you on procedures to prevent future pain.
Answers to your questions about Chiropractic care
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible about how chiropractic care can improve the quality of life and eliminate pain. Below, we have attempted to answer some of the questions that you may have. If you have questions remaining please call us. Our goal is for our clients to lead as comfortable and pain free life as possible.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the verves in the body. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissue and organs throughout the body. Chiropractic doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine. Subluxation, meaning the less than a total dislocation, and Complex, meaning consisting of more then one part. Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and a philosophy of natural care based on your inborn potential to be healthy.
Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine, called a subluxation, can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications.
Chiropractic is the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession. According to Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards there are approximately 81,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in active practice in the United States spread from rural areas to inner cities. More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled in chiropractic educational programs accredited by a federally-recognized body (CCE). The ratio of DCs to the general population, based on the Bureau of the Census figures is estimated to be one doctor of chiropractic for every 5,100 citizens. This compared dramatically to the ratio of medical providers to the general population as there are well over ten times more MDs than DCs. Thus the MD to general population ratio is approximately one to every 430 citizens.
Chiropractic services are in high demand. Tens of millions of Americans routinely opt for chiropractic services and this number is rapidly growing. In 1993, more than 30 million consumers made chiropractic a regular part of their health care program.
To receive the doctor of chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and four years of graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution. Comprehensive knowledge of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures enable the DC to thoroughly evaluate a patient, address disorders relating to the spine and determine the need for referral to another health care provider.
Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed in all 50 states. DCs have been licensed and recognized for many decades in all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
No. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers. According to the Center for Studies in Health Policy, “The DC can provide all three levels of primary care interventions and therefore is a primary care provider, as are MDs and DOs. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The DC’s office is a direct access portal of entry to the full scope of service.”
While the core concept of practice is based on healing without drugs or surgery, the specific scope may vary according to the laws of a specific jurisdiction. However, patients may commonly expect:
- A thorough physical examination to determine conditions which may be appropriate for chiropractic care;
- To be referred to another health care provider for conditions which are not appropriate for chiropractic care;
- To understand the type of care to be administered, and what results may be expected;
- Discussion with the doctor as the care continues, to evaluate both treatment effectiveness and projected duration;
- A clear understanding of financial arrangements;
- Appropriate, ethical care delivered in confidence, with respect for privacy and dignity.
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that are not moving right. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.
YES! A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe”. By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuitable. Compare the statistics. Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Chiropractors provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders and not just back and neck ailments. This includes conditions of the joints of the extremities like the ankle, knee and shoulder. What you may not be aware of is chiropractic’s success in treating a number of non-soft tissue conditions like dysmenorrheal (painful menses), ulcers, migraine headaches, and ear infections in children. While we cannot claim to cure these conditions, we believe that many of these problems can be mimicked, aggravated and some times caused by disruptions in the nervous system as a result of spinal abnormalities. By correcting these spinal abnormalities like the vertebral subluxation, chiropractic has helped thousands of individuals overcome these conditions and regain control of their lives.
A number of studies have also supported these findings. In one such study, spinal manipulative therapy was compared with standard medical treatments in the treatment of duodenal ulcers. The researchers Pikalov, MD, and Kharin, MD, found those subjects receiving spinal manipulations took an average of 16 days to heal vs. 26 days to heal in the standard medical treatment group.
There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxations. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
You have a subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.
Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations do not resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor!
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.
No. Each patient’s spine and care plan is unique. With 24 moving bones on the spine, each of which can move in seven different directions, we see a wide variety of spinal patterns. Each patient’s care is custom-tailored for his or her age, condition and health goals.
After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These patients show up for their visits feeling great. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
No. Chiropractic doctors do not dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, we can show you how to use ice to control painful symptoms. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects of pain medications.
The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his or her individual health goals. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilizes. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally rotting out of your head. Once chiropractic care eliminates your pain and rehabilitates the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.
So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, and minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.
Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your subluxations are corrected. Depending on the issue at hand, care can take 1 – 12 visits to correct. Historically we have found that those practice members who commit to wellness chiropractic care, find their health challenge(s) rarely return and they enjoy a higher quality of life & health.
No. Some people can make their joints “pop”, but that is not an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague for an adjustments to benefit from chiropractic care.
Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Preliminary studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are gentile. Knowing exactly where to adjust, the doctor applies no more pressure than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
Of Course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractic doctor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.
Between each pair of spinal bones is a disc. Its fibrous outer ring holds in a jelly like material. This soft center serves as a “ball bearing” for joints movement. Because of the way it attaches to the spinal bone above and below it, a disc can not actually “slip”. However, a disc can bulge. It can tear. It can herniated. It can thin. It can dry out. And it can collapse. But it can not slip.
A pinched nerve is rare. It is most likely that an adjacent spinal bone irritates, stretches, rubs or chafes a nerve. These subluxations distort the nerve messages sent between the brain and the body. This can produce unhealthy alterations to the organs and tissue connected by the affected nerves.
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process How long have you had trouble? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in otherwise good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctors recommendations.
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Patient results vary. Many report improved spinal curves and the total resumption of their normal lifestyles. These who neglected or delayed seeking care often see slower progress. After improvements, many periodic chiropractic checkups can help avoid a relapse.
If you have questions we have not answered here, please call. We know that the more you learn about chiropractic, the more confidence you will have that it will work for you. It is safe. It is natural. And it works. It is a simple idea that has stood the test of time and helped millions enjoy relief and better health.