What is an adjustment?
The intent of a spinal adjustment is to restore normal motion and function of the framework in order to restore normal function of the nerves. Chiropractors
use several adjusting techniques to accomplish that, many characterized by a precise, specific thrust. The chiropractic adjustment generally differs from spinal manipulation practiced by a physical therapist or an osteopath because the chiropractic adjustment is more specific. It is done not just to mobilize a joint but to remove a subluxation. Indeed, the technique of chiropractic adjusting is a manual art requiring considerable knowledge and dexterity. Mastery of the art of adjusting takes extensive training and practice as does any other art.
The adjustment is a gentle, precise and effective placement, primarily by hand, of the vertebra into its correct position. Adjusting the vertebrae to
restore normal function removes the irritation and helps the nervous system return to its natural efficiency. As a result, chiropractic adjustments support the body's defense system, maximizing innate recuperative powers and minimizing the need for more invasive procedures.
Why Should I see a Doctor of Chiropractic?
With the growing awareness of the connection between lifestyle and the
quality of one's life has come an appreciation for drugless method of healing. Chiropractic care focuses on structural alignment of the spine and extremities though also considers the role of diet, exercise, and spiritual and mental balance.
How is Chiropractic Different from Medicine?
Your spine houses and protects the spinal cord, the "wiring" that carries the signals back and forth between your brain and every tissue and organ in your
body. Where medicine uses drugs and surgery, chiropractic focuses on optimizing the body's innate healing abilities via a method known as spinal manipulation. By applying pressure to restore normal mobility to malfunctioning areas of the spine, this often brings about pain relief and restoration of lost function. Treatment may also include appropriate physiotherapeutic modalities (heat, cold, massage), advice on nutrition and lifestyle modification, and a customized exercise program. Our focus is on patient empowerment and independence through education and self-help procedures.
Is an Adjustment Painful?
Although each patient reacts differently, the procedure is rarely painful. It can cause a variety of reactions from temporary soreness to a sense of relief and well-being.
How Are Chiropractors Trained?
The core curriculum chiropractors receive includes over 4,400 hours (a four year academic course) of classes in anatomy, physiology,
pathology, diagnosis, laboratory, nutrition and many hours of training in physical medicine including a 550-hour internship. Chiropractors practicing in Florida are required to attain a bachelors degree with specific pre-requisites before entering a chiropractic college. Chiropractors maintain thier licensure by attending continuing education courses offered through major chiropractic colleges.
How Long Will it Take to Get Results?
That depends on several factors: your age, physical condition, previous history of accidents or surgeries, occupational requirements and how well you
adhere to our treatment program. Relief of pain usually happens quickly (within a month), though stabilizing your condition may take longer. This will be discussed with you before you start treatment, based on your personal needs.
Anything Else I Should Know About?
Yes. Our primary concern in our practice is the well-being of our patient. We go to great lengths to make our patients feel comfortable and cared for with
dignity, respect and the highest ethical standards. If at any time you feel otherwise once you become a patient, please let us know. We are here to serve you in every way possible.
How Do I Know if I'm a Chiropractic Patient?
First, we'll start with a comprehensive history including everything from your past medical history, lifestyle habits, job requirements, etc. to uncover hidden sources of stress in your life. This is
followed by a very thorough physical examination to determine the cause of your problems. X-rays may be ordered on occasion if you have a history of previous trauma or chronic complaints.
The following are common conditions of patients who come to us:
- Low back, hip and/or leg pain or numbness
- Neck, shoulder and arm pain, tingling or numbness
- Chronic headaches
- Knee and/or ankle pain or injury
- All types of sports, dance and work injuries
- Carpal Tunnel symptoms
- Pain between shoulder blades
- Difficulty sitting, bending and lifting
- Problems sleeping due to neck or back pain
- Unsuccessful neck or back surgery resulting in recurrent symptoms
- Recommended for surgery by another physician
- Progressive weakness in an arm or leg
- Recurring joint pain, stiffness or swelling
- Auto accident injury
- Inability to walk for reasonable distance without back or leg pain
- General malaise or weakness
- Inability to perform daily activities
Does Insurance Pay for Chiropractic?
Yes, many insurance plans now have excellent benefits for chiropractic care.
We accept many insurance plans including Medicare and Auto Insurance. Depending on your coverage you may have little or no out of pocket expense. We can check on your particular plan before any cost is incurred.