MONTALAND MCGRATH
Chiropractic Center

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What is an adjustment?

Does the adjustment hurt?

What is a “subluxation”?

How do I know when I am subluxated?

How did I get subluxated?

Can Subluxations Clear Up On Their Own?

Will this cure my back/neck pain or headaches?

Does the adjustment hurt?

What is that cracking or popping sound when I get adjusted?

When can I expect to feel better?

Do I have to keep coming back forever?

Will chiropractic improve my posture?

 

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is the term used to explain the chiropractic treatment. It is known in the medical community as spinal manipulation, although the chiropractic adjustment is performed specifically by chiropractors with at least four years of extensive experience in this type of treatment.

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Does the adjustment hurt?

The adjustment is a painless procedure. If a person is already in pain any movement of course can be uncomfortable, but the adjustments are designed to ultimately reduce and eliminate the pain. <Back to Top>

 

What is a “subluxation”?

The term subluxation means minor misalignment, however the effects on the human body as a result of a subluxation can be far from minor. In the simplest of terms, a subluxation is when one or more vertebrae (bones in your spine) move out of alignment and create pressure on spinal nerves. Spinal nerves branch off the spinal cord and deliver communication from the brain to the body. Pressure on these nerves can cause interference with the signals traveling through them – leading to numerous health related problem.

 

Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC).

Spinal Kinesiopathology – is where the bones of the spine become stuck, don’t move enough, or move too much.

Neuropathophysiology (abnormal nervous system function) – nerves can become overexcited and hyperactive. Due to the way the spine is engineered, abnormal spinal function can irritate, pinch, rub or choke the delicate tissue of the spinal cord and nerve roots.

Myopathology (Abnormal Muscle Function) – is when over-developed muscles on one side of the spine cause individual vertebrae to rotate and lose proper function. When muscle function declines muscles that support the spine respond in different ways, the spine can weaken or even atrophy.

Histiopathology (Abnormal soft tissue function) – inflammation and swelling due to injured disc accompany the accumulation of blood and lymph – causing a rise in temperature.

Pathophysiology – when there is a trauma to a joint, one of the ways your body responds is the stabilization of the area by forming new bone! With time, calcium deposits build up, eventually as abnormal bony growth. This arthritic ‘splinting’ of bones is nature’s attempt to stabilize the injured joint.

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How do I know when I am subluxated?

It’s not easy to know when you are subluxated, although a pain of some kind can be a clue. Abnormal posture including one shoulder higher than the other, hips not level or a head forward past the shoulders can also be indicative of a subluxation. Often, the nerves that are negatively affected because of the misalignment in the spine do not carry pain signals. This means that you can suffer from subluxations for years without any painful warning signs. However, allowing subluxations to exist in your body can negatively impact the functions of the organs in your body, which leads to a deterioration of your health. A chiropractor can detect the subluxations with their highly trained hands, and correct them effectively.<Back to Top>

 

How did I get subluxated?

A person can become subluxated in a wide variety of ways. Simple things like improper sleeping, sitting, and standing can contribute to subluxations. Often, people develop their first subluxation during birth when the doctors use force of up to 60 to 100 pounds to aid the delivery. Normal childhood activities such as spills from the bike, sledding, playing ball, and any other activity that results in a jarring fall, all result in subluxations in children. Because subluxations don’t often cause pain, people do not know they are there and thus do not get them fixed until after major damage has been done, at which point the pain usually begins.<Back to Top>

 

Can Subluxations Clear Up On Their Own?

Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are 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 don’t resolve, you need to see chiropractic doctor! <Back to Top>

 

Will this cure my back/neck pain or headaches?

While correcting subluxations usually brings you relief from pain, the aim of the chiropractor is to not merely fix painful backs and necks, but to enable the body to express itself to the fullest, without any interference from subluxations. Correcting subluxations opens up a whole new world of wellness and health care because the body is able to function as it was designed. Without any nerve blockages due to subluxations, the body can boost its immune system and much more effectively fight disease and illness. Relief from back pain, neck pain and headaches, which are the most common symptoms that bring people into a chiropractor’s office, might come about from the adjustments, but there are no guarantees. However, living with subluxations is like trying to ride a bike with one hand, you are only half as effective as you would be if you had the full use of both hands. Allowing subluxations to exist in your body, even if they are not causing you pain, means you have a reduced nervous system function and a lower level of wellness and health. <Back to Top>

 

Does the adjustment hurt?

Adjustments do not hurt. If the patient has muscle spasms, then relieving the spasms can sometimes cause soreness. <Back to Top>

What is that cracking or popping sound when I get adjusted?

Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment. <Back to Top>

 

When can I expect to feel better?

Different patients have different healing times. Some experience relief within 1-2 weeks; others notice changes before the end of the first month. Healing is dependent on the length of time a patient has had the subluxations and the severity of their problem. <Back to Top>

 

Do I have to keep coming back forever?

No! In our office we have three types of care: relief care, corrective care and maintenance care. Pain usually subsides in the first 4-6 weeks. However, correcting the cause of a problem takes longer. You have the option of discontinuing care when the pain subsides, when you complete the corrective procedure, or you can continue with what we call maintenance care. It is completely up to you. <Back to Top>

 


Condition-based/Relief Care

When to see a chiropractor for certain health complaints and then stop going because the health problem improved and you no longer have pain. For example, you come in for back pain and after a couple of weeks, the pain gets better and you decide that you don’t need any more care and you stop coming in, even though the underlying problems hasn’t been resolved. This is better than no care, but this is a stop-gap measure. It’s like have a hole in your car tire that you patch up. You know the fix won’t last but the problem has been taken care of for the short term. <Back to Top>

 

Correction/Health Care

When the health problem has been resolved with no more pain and the underlying problems have been corrected, restoring your body to its maximum function. The length of care may depend on the severity of your condition, how your body heals, and the condition of your body—mentally, emotionally, and physically. <Back to Top>

 

Wellness Care

When you come in for maintenance care after your health problem has been resolved and you want a regular check-up in keeping your spine and nervous system working properly—like getting your oil changed regularly. <Back to Top>

 

Will chiropractic improve my posture?

Most patients have seen their posture improve as a result of chiropractic care. <Back to Top>