THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic is the art, science, and philosophy of natural healing. A chiropractor concentrates on conservatively restoring or enhancing wellness without relying upon drugs and surgery. The root study of chiropractors can be traced to the beginning of recorded history with ancient mentions of spinal manipulation and pain relief as far back as 2700 B.C. While chiropractic’s American roots go back more than 115 years, its basic premise of natural health dates back to spinal manipulations first used by the Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of healing, during the 4th century B.C. He wisely wrote, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”. He understood the importance of a chiropractor and their techniques.

Although the appearance of painful symptoms may be the initial reason why many patients request healthcare, a chiropractor does not treat symptoms. A chiropractor will look for the source of dysfunction rather than attempting to mask the resulting pain. The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection and correction of joint misalignments with resultant nervous system dysfunction.

The spinal cord, a critical part of the central nervous system, is responsible for the transmission of messages to and from the brain. These nerve impulses are necessary to direct every part of the human body in proper function whether walking, sleeping, or digesting. A spinal or other joint malfunction can interrupt the transmission of these messages and affect the body’s nervous system causing muscle pain, organ dysfunction, and other imbalances.

Our Port Orange chiropractic care is non-invasive. Therefore, the body’s response under the care of a chiropractor is far more predictable than its reactions to surgical procedures or drug treatments. News media coverage and widespread advertising campaigns do much to propagate the long lists of drug side effects and their frequent casualties as well as lawsuits for prescription drugs and medical implants. You will never see this with the techniques of a chiropractor. There simply is a lack of any data concluding that chiropractic is in any way harmful or dangerous.

“What about when chiropractors crack your bones?” Well, it’s not actually your bones making the noise, and even this procedure is exceedingly safe and efficient. Every day in America, nearly one million chiropractic adjustments are given. Complications are exceedingly rare, as is evidenced by the negligible malpractice insurance rates paid by most chiropractic physicians. Insurance companies deem chiropractors many times safer than medical physicians prescribing pharmaceuticals. Numbers do not lie.

As far back as 1979, these facts were well known, and a great safety summary statement was published by the government of New Zealand which established a commission to study the efficacy and safety of chiropractic. They found:

“The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record.”

Adjusting a joint accomplishes several things. Remember that our body is a neuromusculoskeletal marvel in that the nerves control the muscles which then move the bones. A chiropractic adjustment affects the nerves, muscles, and joints in a very unique way. Here is a very simplified explanation:

  • A chiropractic adjustment stimulates sensory nerve receptors in the nervous system to block pain and to normalize transmission of sensory (in) and motor (out) nerve signals.
  • An adjustment stretches the surrounding muscles to relieve spasm and to restore proper motion, contraction, and joint stability.
  • An adjustment briefly and gently separates the joint, which expands it and circulates joint fluid to promote and restore the normal range of motion.
  • An adjustment promotes faster healing by increasing lymph and blood flow to the area. Required nutrients are brought in, and wastes are transported out to restore the body’s natural ability to properly heal.

Muscle and nerve cells die without proper stimulation. The chiropractic adjustment is the most unique and beneficial cellular stimulation known to man!

Absolutely not! Our Port Orange chiropractic care is extremely affordable. Each chiropractic visit is equal to or less than most insurance co-pays ($25-$50 per visit.) You have to ask yourself, “is it cheaper to replace your engine or to routinely change your oil?” What do you prefer – damage control or routine maintenance? Our society has misplaced its priorities and redefined its definitions of health and disease. We now have specialists who concentrate on diseases rather than health. This paradigm must change.

The clinical effectiveness of chiropractic has been documented by organizations completely unaffiliated with chiropractic and by published studies conducted according to the highest of scientific standards. Over and over, the conservative management of chiropractic physicians, resulting in highly significant cost savings to the consumer, could easily lessen many well-known healthcare burdens.

So, to answer the question of chiropractic’s expense, the monthly cost of pain medications coupled with their toll on your body or the overwhelming price tag associated with surgery leaves little doubt as to which is more affordable in the long run. A chiropractor will provide highly effective, low-cost healthcare for wide ranges of conditions without the need for poisonous drugs or invasive surgeries – both of which carry heavy burdens of cost and complicated side effects.

Sound scientific principles define chiropractic, and the nervous system’s relationship to the spine is the very focus of chiropractic. Of all nine bodily systems, the nervous system reigns supreme, regulating all other systems and their intricate processes. The nervous system’s role as the primary control center of the body is, therefore, an undisputed scientific fact. The spinal column of vertebrae protects the delicate spinal cord and allows for freedom of movement. When these vertebrae become misaligned due to repetitive injury or trauma, inflammation of surrounding tissue causes compromise of the spinal nerves exiting the spinal cord through small holes between vertebrae. This can result in range of motion limitations, causing one to experience pain and other symptoms of dysfunction. This can lead to chronic disability and a decreased quality of life.

Chiropractic has been shown to have significant and lasting health benefits. Through the reduction of these misalignments, the doctor of chiropractic seeks to restore the natural healing potential of the human body. The body responds naturally by relieving symptoms and restoring health. There is simply nothing scientific about unknown interactions from the drug combinations most patients are currently taking. The health paradigm is quickly shifting towards chiropractic, and more patients are realizing that health comes naturally from the inside out – not the outside in by means of pharmaceutical concoctions targeting symptoms of pain.

Many chiropractors may believe that medicine is bad simply because that’s what they’re supposed to think. Dr. Seidenberg has no unfounded or indoctrinated disdain toward the medical community and highly esteems life-saving surgical and medicinal intervention common to emergency procedures. However, the overuse of these approaches is now causing widespread and well-known consequences in our society. In our respect for the divine design of the human body and its complex organization, we have thoroughly explored the current evidence, studied the physiology, and attained first-hand experience demonstrating that the human body can efficiently heal itself when given the opportunity and raw materials to do so through chiropractic.

Lubricating fluids and fibrous joint capsules separate and surround the bones of each joint. Some chiropractic adjustments can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift against the surrounding joint capsule. This is completely harmless and very similar to removing a suction cup or opening a bottle of champagne. While the sound is interesting, it is not requisite for an effective chiropractic adjustment.

Long-term pain or dysfunction seldom disappears instantaneously. Therefore, chiropractic care utilizes multiple visits for a progressive shift from pain relief, to rehabilitation, to optimal health. This allows time for your body to repair itself naturally. Remember that all processes require time, even chiropractic care. This natural approach helps you avoid the inherent dangers of medications and the rehabilitative recovery time often required by surgery.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH CHIROPRACTIC?

A headache can be classified as a migraine, cluster headache, or tension headache. Often times, headaches are caused by referred pain from the neck and upper back. Chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve the pain in these areas.

Neck pain can be caused by trauma such as whiplash from a car accident or poor posture. If you’ve recently been in a car accident please read here. Neck pain can occur because of a traumatic event to ordinary poor posture. This pain can become severe and can lead to permanent damage in your neck. Chiropractic adjustments treat the joints and muscles of the spine, helping to relieve neck pain.

Discomfort or pain between the shoulder blades can be caused by trauma or poor posture. Like neck pain, severe pain in the upper back can be caused by a traumatic incident or by poor posture. The pain can be relentless and can have long-term health effects. Upper back pain is crucial for the wellbeing of the vital organs, so caring for it is of the utmost importance. Chiropractic adjustments will treat the pain by restore proper motion to the joints of the upper back, ultimately reducing joint pain and inflammation.

Shoulder pain is often caused by joint or tissue irritation from overuse, distortion, or poor posture. Shoulder pain can be a result of overuse strain on the shoulders or poor posture. Chiropractic treatment can reduce pain and inflammation of shoulders!

Discomfort and pain of the elbow joint is usually caused by inflammation of the tendons and ligaments of the joint. A common elbow injury is know as “Tennis Elbow,” which this is a painful injury to the elbow. It can hinder movement and the pain can be intense. It is caused when the tendons and ligaments in the elbow joints are inflamed. This can further lead to wrist pain and can make it difficult to grip, hold, and pick up items. Chiropractors often recommend resting the elbow and treating the surrounding soft tissue to help relieve the pain.

One of the most common wrist pain diagnoses is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is when there is immense pressure on the median nerve of the wrist, which causes numbness, tingling, loss of mobility of the fingers, and hand, and atrophy of the thenar muscles of the hand. 

Brachial plexopathy is damage or irritation to the brachial plexus nerves that run from your neck to your fingers. Tingling, burning, numbness, and weakness are common symptoms. This can limit the mobility and usage of your fingers and hand. Chiropractic care is normally focused on reducing inflammation in your fingers and hands and making sure the joints in your neck, shoulder, elbow, and wrist are moving properly.

There are many conditions associated with low back pain. Most low back pain is associated with damage or irritation to muscles, ligaments, nerves, spinal bones, or vertebral discs. Low back pain can cause difficulty in mobility. Chiropractic treatment is very effective at relieve low back pain. 

Your hips are crucial for body movement. Hip pain can range from dull to sharp and include numbness or tingling. Bursitis, sciatica, strains, and arthritis are all common causes of hip pain. Without strong hips, body mobility is difficult. By aligning the spine and adjusting the hips, a chiropractor can help to reduce hip pain. Chiropractors will often make specific stretching recommendations for the muscles surrounding the hip joint.

Bursitis, runner’s knee, degenerative arthritis and strains in the ACL, MCL, and meniscus are all common causes of discomfort in the connective tissues surrounding the knee joint. Chiropractic care will determine whether treatment should be applied directly to the knee or to the lower back, spine, hip, or ankle.

Ankle and foot pain can often be caused by achilles tendonitis, heal spurs, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. Often times, lower extremity pain cause be a result of overcompensation from injuries or biomechanical dysfunction further up the body. Ankle and foot pain can reduce your overall mobility. Age, being overweight, and other ailments such as diabetes can lead to ankle and/or foot pain. Many chiropractors, such as Dr. Shelly Seidenberg specialize in treating foot and ankle problems. With specific chiropractic adjustments patients experience quick results and they’re able to get back on their feet in no time!

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