Winters Family Chiropractic | Common Questions
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Common Questions

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What is Chiropractic and how does it work?

Chiropractic is a natural approach to health, allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body.  The brain and nervous system’s main purpose is to control and coordinate the function of all tissues, organs, and systems in the body.  When there is a vertebral subluxation (a misaligned vertebrae in the spine), it puts pressure on the nerve, not allowing it to function at its optimal capacity.  A chiropractor adjusts that subluxation by putting a force into the vertebrae, realigning it, and allowing healthy nerve flow.

 

Is it possible to adjust myself?

No, when you crack your own neck or other vertebrae in your spine, you are moving the vertebra that already moves freely.  That is why twenty minutes later it feels like you need to “crack” it again.  The vertebrae that needed to move never moved.  This causes the spine to become more unstable, and in some cases, dangerous.  Even a chiropractor cannot adjust his/her own spine.

 

Is Chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic has an excellent safety record.  A chiropractic adjustment is simply helping put the bone back to where it “wants” to go.  Other professions have many more malpractice incident reports, and therefore, a higher rate.

 

Is Chiropractic safe for pregnant women?

Yes, pregnant women make excellent chiropractic patients.  Anytime you have a healthier nervous system, you will benefit.  Chiropractic care can help pregnant mothers have a better pregnancy, as well as reduce delivery times by 50%.  Studies have shown that pregnant women, who received chiropractic care, require less pain medications and interventions.

 

Do children need chiropractic care?

Everybody is better with a fully functioning nervous system, and children are no different.  Studies have shown that 80% of all children have vertebral subluxations in their neck.  Children usually react very well to Chiropractic care, and usually see excellent results.

 

What type of education do Chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are very well educated, and go through schooling similar in length to that of a Medical Doctor.   Medical Doctors spend more time learning about medications and prescriptions.  Chiropractors focus on how to correct vertebral subluxation, and how the nervous system affects the human body.

 

How come I need to come back so often?

Each patient is different in the amount of time they need to be seen by a Chiropractor.  However, it does take time to retain the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that help support your spine, and maintain the proper position.  Your spine is made of bone much like your teeth; a chiropractor cannot put braces on your spine to put it back into place so the muscles and ligaments need to be retrained.  The good part is that it doesn’t take as long as braces.