Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the
understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning
nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine
to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word
chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic
stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the
body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these
diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a
musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
What conditions benefit from
Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve low
back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions,
such as migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome,
fibromyalgia, and infantile colic.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The
patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which
lasts only seconds.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely
safe. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a
conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive
What kind of education and training
do doctors of chiropractic have?
completing undergraduate requirements, Chiropractors receive an additional four
years education that emphasizes neuromuscular 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, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis);
specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies,
practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.
Prior to starting a practice, candidates must pass a series of rigorous National
Board Examinations and state licensing board exams before being granted the privilege
A chiropractic education never ends. Doctors must complete postgraduate classes
for license renewal and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
Have any studies been published
showing what chiropractic is effective for?
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of
chiropractic in relieving back pain. More recent studies have shown
chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic and migraine
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the
health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The DC will also ask
about your family history, dietary habits, 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.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your DC's clinical
judgement, 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. All of these elements are important components of your
total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating
How does your office differ from
Our technique offers not only relief of symptoms, but
correction of poor posture responsible for pain and discomfort. Our office uses
various tractioning techniques to restore proper spinal curves.