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Chiropractic FAQs

Chiropractic FAQsChiropractic care is an incredibly under advertised and misunderstood form of health care. At Ocean View Chiropractic we have found that most patients have more questions than conditions and with a little bit of education feel very pleased with their decision to go forward with care. Here are some of the most popular chiropractic faqs and concerns we hear from people.

While everyone can benefit from chiropractic equally, no patient needs care more than someone who has had back surgery on their spine already. Having a condition that is severe enough to require back surgery is a clear indicator of degeneration within the spine and, following any surgery, whether it be disc cleaning, the addition of hardware, or fusion of the vertebras with cadaver bone, keeping the rest of the spine aligned and moving properly is going to decrease pain and stiffness and increase quality of life. It will also reduce the risk of a secondary surgery by maintaining the current state of your spine.

We do offer massage therapy within our office and recommend it for a majority of patients experiencing muscle tension or pain. However, while massage does have a great benefit to the muscles it does not correct the problem which is causing the muscles to tighten. Most of the time muscle tightening, cramping or weakening is caused by misalignments in the spine.

When a vertebrae shifts into an improper position, the muscles around it begin to tighten in an effort to hold the rest of the spine in position. Therefore, removing that subluxation will eliminate the need for the muscles to pull. Ww then use massage to not only relax but also strengthen those fatigued muscles, training the spine to hold in the best position possible.

While all medical treatments have some risk of side effects, neck adjustments are one of the safest forms of treatment. It cannot be said that there is zero risk of stroke during a neck adjustment but there is only the potential for stroke if you have plaque buildup or restricted arteries in your neck. Even then, the potential for stroke is minimal.

A healthy person has a higher risk of having a stroke after having their hair shampooed at a barber shop then in a chiropractic office. This is in large part due to the amount of time that your head is tilted back placing strain on the veins in the neck. The short amount of extension required for a neck adjustment is so brief that very little potential for stroke is realistic. That being said, if you know that you have occlusions within your arteries or at a higher risk for stroke due to high cholesterol, or neck injury, it is always a good idea to let your chiropractor know.

This is one of the greatest myths about chiropractic care. While most chiropractors truly believe being adjusted regularly will increase your overall health and wellness, any patient could do any number of adjustments and never see a chiropractor again. However, most patients chose to follow some level of maintenance care because once they feel their spine in proper alignment and experience optimum wellness they want to continue that lifestyle.

Modern doctors are very prescription oriented and normally believe any alternative treatment to be unproven. Prescription medication is intended to manage symptoms not correct the cause of problems.

There are very few conditions in which people actually cannot see a chiropractor and receive some benefit from chiropractic care. However, if you feel your specific health condition is within that marginal percentage of people in the world who cannot see a chiropractor, please feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation with us today to find out whether, or not, chiropractic can help you.

During a chiropractic adjustment, the neck bones popping sound is not bones touching. It is actually nitrogen gas bubbles that are stored between the joints being released. Just think of the sound knuckles make when you pull your fingers straight outward. How could the neck bones popping sound be bones be hitting if you are separating them?

There are also many different ways to adjust any area. There are low force techniques and stretches that can be done on the neck until you feel comfortable with being adjusted.