FAQ

Why are so many things positively affected by one procedure?

The body is a self-healing organism. With your nervous system free from interference your body can start to bring back balance to multiple systems, allowing your body to function at its best.

By improving spinal alignment people experience improved posture. This postural balance leads to better body-weight distribution which improves the structures acting to stabilize the spine. As less energy is required to oppose gravity, you will have more energy to think, function, heal and maintain yourself.

Is it possible for me to go in and out of alignment on my own?

No, a true misalignment will not realign on its own.

Many times patients may feel that they were “out of alignment” and they were able to regain alignment on their own. A true subluxation can only be corrected by a third party. What the individual likely felt was the adaptation of the body to stress that they were able to manage without assistance. Our goal in this office is to maintain the body in a state of reduced stress so the body can adapt to the stresses and strains of everyday life without requiring assistance to manage a breakdown.

Why are you looking at my feet if you are adjusting the top of my neck?

A leg length difference can be an indication of imbalance tone in your body’s musculature and therefore is one of our objective measures to determine whether or not you are in need of an adjustment. After an adjustment we will often check leg-length again and find that legs to be of balanced length.

There are many postural muscles that are constantly contracting and relaxing in response to normal body movements to prevent us from falling over and allow us to maintain an upright posture. When our first vertebra is misaligned, the weight of the head is no longer evenly distributed over the neck and the rest of the body. The body therefore reflexively responds to this imbalance by contracting different postural muscles in its attempt to maintain an upright posture. It is the reflexive contractions of the postural muscles that result in the contracted/ shortened leg.

Why should I get checked when I’m feeling fine?

Symptoms can occur after years of altered function. We feel proactive health care is better that reactive care.

Our assessment includes objective measures that are independent from subjective symptoms. It is best to be assessed periodically to ensure that if you are misaligned but non-symptomatic you can be adjusted to prevent your body from being accustomed to a misaligned state once again and avoid the spinal deterioration that often involves a return to pain. Often by the time symptoms start to reoccur you have been in need of a correction for a while.

If I feel relief, why do I need to come back?

You don’t. Ongoing assessments are advised if you want to allow for optimal healing to minimize recurrence and optimize function.

Many feel significant relief in discomfort following the first few visits. Our goal is not just to provide relief but to create a situation where the spinal stresses that caused the issue are minimized, stabilized and you no longer need to be adjusted regularly. This level of care can involve significant work on your part. Although we can’t always achieve this status with a patient, it is this situation that provides optimal long-term benefit.

Symptoms are the last to show up and the first to leave (think of how cancer or heart attacks occur). A symptom-free state does not necessarily mean healing has completed or that you are in your optimal alignment. Once your body begins showing signs that it is stabilizing and holding alignment for an extended period of time, recommended time between visits will be lengthened.

Is it true that if you see a chiropractor once you have to go for the rest of your life?

No, however often people who experience chiropractic recognize the health benefits and choose a lifestyle that includes lifelong chiropractic care.

There is a misconception that once one begins seeing a chiropractor, they need to see one for the rest of their life. A possibility for this perception may be due to the fact that the healing process requires time and multiple visits to the Chiropractor may be indicated to stabilize the spine until the body knows how to hold the spine in an aligned position on its own. The longer your spine has been breaking down (which is usually much earlier than the initial onset of symptoms), the longer it will typically take to attain a stabilized state.

How long until I am better?

Healing is individual and there are many contributing factors. The more personal responsibility the patient assumes in this process, generally the better the results.

The healing process takes time. If you were to break an arm, the medical physician would cast it and you would be instructed to keep it in the cast for approximately six to eight weeks. That is because this is the typical healing time for bone. When dealing with spinal misalignment, the integrity of the musculature and ligaments has been compromised and you must allow adequate time for these structures to heal in the aligned position. The longer your spine has been out of alignment, the more possible damage has occurred and therefore the more required healing time.

What can cause me to lose my alignment?

Thoughts, traumas, and toxins are all stressors that can contribute to a misaligned state.

After your first adjustment in our office you will be given recommendations regarding daily activities to help maintain alignment. The three T’s (thoughts, traumas and toxins) are all contributors to maintaining or losing alignment. Thoughts include negativity or stress think about the tightness in your shoulders after a long day at work. Have you ever considered what those muscles are connected to? Traumas are a more obvious cause, however doesn’t necessarily have to be a car accident or fall. Daily repetitive postures or movements can be considered an ongoing traumatic event. Toxins can be dietary or environmental and can also play a role in maintaining or losing alignment due to the stress they place on your body’s systems.

Do I get adjusted each visit?

You are only adjusted when the objective findings indicate you are misalignment (i.e. postural distortion, a contractured/shortened leg).

How often you get adjusted is directly related to your body’s ability to maintain your alignment. You will be given recommendations throughout your period of care in the office which is intentioned to help you achieve and maintain an aligned state. Our goal is to adjust you as few times as possible, however quarterly to semi-annual assessments are usually recommended to assure that any progress isn’t lost along the way.

What can I expect after my adjustment?

NUCCA has been shown to be very effective in reducing postural distortion. Whether or not a person’s postural distortion is related to symptoms they are exhibiting can only be determined by improving the posture and observing changes.

There are three possible effects that are demonstrated after an adjustment;

1. Person feels no significant change.

2. Person feels a change in symptoms with immediate improvement.

3. Person experiences new short-term symptoms associated with functioning in a new structural position.

Responses to the adjustment vary from nothing, to muscle soreness, and from fatigue to a feeling of euphoria. Due to these individualized responses all patients are given a list of things they may experience so they are familiar with what responses are normal to expect. Due to the significant postural rebalancing that occurs with the upper cervical adjustment people will often feel stiff and sore for 2-4 days as the body adapts to its new position. This discomfort is usually associated only with the first and/or second adjustment.

My neck feels fine but my low back is sore. How can upper cervical care help my lower back?

When posture is corrected, the entire body rebalances resulting in less stress to all areas including your low back.

Your postural muscles are constantly working to maintain an upright posture. Postural distortion results in uneven weight distribution over all of your joint surfaces. The muscles throughout your neck, back, arms and legs will compensate for this shift in weight. Pain will show up in the area of greatest breakdown. The reduction of postural distortion provided by the adjustment decreases the stress on all areas of the body and allows for the possible relief of pain and proper healing.

How can I tell if I need an adjustment?

Be assessed by a chiropractor so that it can be determined whether or not an adjustment is indicated.

By paying attention to your body, you may become more sensitive to whether or not you are in alignment. Although some rely on the return of their symptoms to tell them when they’ve lost their alignment, we recommend patients to pay attention to their reflection in the mirror; paying attention to head tilt or a low shoulder for example. Other cues may include where they feel their weight distributed on their feet, or if a change in gait is observed. More subtle indications may even include having to adjust your car rear-view and side mirrors. Even with all of these clues, it is still recommended that periodic chiropractic assessments be performed to verify proper balance.

What makes upper cervical chiropractic care unique compared to other care?

There are many forms of spinal health care today. Many focus on addressing local joint function mobility by administering a short, quick thrust to a localized area. Upper cervical chiropractors influence the nervous system by influencing it at the most influential area (brainstem). This has a full body effect in the least invasive way possible.

Can children benefit from upper cervical care?

Yes, we think all children should have the benefit of a properly functioning nervous system.

Children can be adjusted from birth. The procedures and adjustments are modified depending on the age and size of the child . Children generally respond more quickly to adjustments and usually require fewer adjustments..

What are the benefits from upper cervical care?

Anyone who wants their body to function effectively should be assessed. Treatment will only be provided to those who are found to have a measurable need for care.

Although upper cervical chiropractors often end up seeing patients with fairly significant discomfort, the assessment that occurs allows the practitioner the ability to visualize and reduce the misalignment long before symptoms are present. The postural rebalancing created by the upper cervical adjustment allows for the body to have less gravitational stress and therefore the person can direct that now unused energy to self-healing, maintenance and thinking.

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