Chiropractic is a drug free, hands-on therapy that treats subluxations. Chiropractors are the only professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat subluxations. The word “subluxation” comes from the Latin words meaning “somewhat or slight” (sub) and “to dislocate” (luxate). So the term subluxation literally means a slight dislocation or misalignment of the bones or joints.

When a subluxation occurs, a chiropractor can correct the misaligned bone and allow it to return to its proper position. This procedure is appropriately called an adjustment, and the adjustment enables the body to heal its self. If subluxations are left untreated your body will get progressively worse, and over time will lead to chronic pain, inflammation and disease. Chiropractors have know the dangers of subluxations since the birth of the profession. In order to truly be healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained in the detection, location and corrections of subluxations through chiropractic care.

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive treatments available. Chiropractic care is safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers and even common aspirin! In the words of the New Zealand government's inquiry, chiropractic care is "remarkably safe". Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Chiropractic is all about getting and keeping you well and healthy.

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's own ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interference and return your body to your natural state of being healthy.

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.

Proper rest, exercise and good nutrition are especially important during the healing process.

• While there aren't any shortcuts to speed your body's natural healing process, there's a lot you can do to give yourself the best chance of a quick recovery.

• Specific exercises may be suggested to help retrain the muscles that support your spine.

• Proper rest is an important aspect of the healing process, too. Get the appropriate amount of rest your body needs, and avoid sleeping on your stomach.

• During the healing process, proper nutrition is more important than ever. Make sure you get balanced meals, implement supplements, and if you're overweight, now would be a good time to slim down and reduce unnecessary stresses to your spine.

• Perhaps most important of all, keep you appointments and follow your chiropractic doctor's recommendations for optimum results.

After undergraduate studies, today's chiropractic physician completes an additional four-year curriculum of over 4,500 college classroom hours of health sciences.

• Today's Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects.

• To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate passes the demanding National Board Examination. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice.

• A chiropractic education never ends. Most doctors complete postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest scientific research.

• One of the best ways to select a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is by getting a referral from a friend, family member, colleague, or another health care provider.

• Access your state’s Board of Chiropractic Examiners to ensure the chiropractor you’re considering is licensed and practicing legally. Many state boards provide a current listing from which you can begin your selection process.

• Select a chiropractor that understands your lifestyle. For example, if you participate in sports, look for a chiropractor who is familiar with sports-related injuries. Families should look for chiropractors who not only treat adults but are also comfortable treating children of all ages.

• Search for a chiropractor when you are asymptomatic. It’s best to search for and select a chiropractor when you’re not in immediate pain. Consider the difference between driving your car to a repair shop or having it towed. If you bring your car while it is still in running order, you have the option to shop around. Having it towed, however, puts you at the mercy of the auto repair shop owner.

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