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What do chiropractic doctors do?
Chiropractors primary focus is to identify areas in the spine that are not moving normally and restore proper motion into those areas. Chiropractors use careful history taking and do a physical examination to determine the most appropriate treatment for the individual. The chiropractors at LifeForce are trained in a variety of techniques so that you receive the treatment best suited for you and your body. The doctors primarily use their hands to adjust the spine. If you prefer activator adjusting or are familiar with a different chiropractic technique, we will do what we can to accommodate your needs.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific low-force in a precise direction applied to a bone that is “stuck” or not moving properly. The “adjustment” restores the normal, healthy motion and position that the spinal joint requires. When the spine moves properly, the nerves that exit from the spine are able to send stress-free signals throughout the body. That means, your muscles, heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, and entire body works better! Who doesn’t want that?
Who do we help? We treat men, women, and children of ALL ages. Infants as early as two days old are brought in to be checked for proper spinal alignment, and people well into their 90s find relief with chiropractic care.
Who do we help?
We treat men, women, and children of ALL ages. Infants as early as two days old are brought in to be checked for proper spinal alignment, and people well into their 90s find relief with chiropractic care.
Does it actually work?
Of course! How fast you improve depends on your current health status, the chronicity of condition, and lifestyle. Basically, the healthier you are, the faster you recover. Our culture is all too familiar with immediate results and gratification; so if you get adjusted and you do not feel better instantly, don’t worry! Remember, healing can take time. If you wore braces to align your teeth, you know that it took time to shift your teeth into proper alignment. And after you wore your braces, you wore a retainer to keep the teeth in proper position. That is why we suggest maintenance adjustments!
What conditions can chiropractic help?
Chiropractic care can lead to relief with a variety of conditions:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Car accident injuries
- Infantile colic
- Pregnancy pain and discomfort
- Knee or ankle pain
- Digestive complaints
- Hand numbness
- Scoliosis relief
- Frozen shoulder
- Leg or hip pain/bursitis
- Tailbone pain
- Bulged/herniated discs
- Carpal tunnel
- Muscle aches/pains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- IT Band syndrome
I am not in pain or sick, should I see a chiropractor?
People go to the dentist when they don’t have cavities. Pain is not a reliable indicator of function. Spinal pain and other symptoms often show up after months or years of spinal malfunction. We are here to help you when you are suffering for pain, but we encourage you to use chiropractic as a preventative approach to health care. Most people maintain their automobiles much better than they do their own bodies. You deserve better than that!
I heard that chiropractic allows the body to “heal itself.” What does that mean?
Chiropractic adjustments release tension or stress from the neighboring spinal nerves and spinal cord, leading to less stress, improved nerve function, and improved health. Therefore, your body has more energy on reserve to carry out more of the complex functions it is designed to complete. Some of these functions include building and repairing cells all throughout the body, thus healing potential is enhanced with chiropractic care.
What happens at an appointment?
Your first visit will be scheduled for one hour and will consist of the doctor taking a detailed health history and exam. If the doctor determines you have a chiropractic condition, she will treat you after the exam. The treatment consists of spinal adjustments and therapy when indicated. If you have never been treated by a chiropractor, the doctor will take time to explain to you what she is doing so that you are comfortable with the procedures.
Follow up visits. These last approximately 15 minutes. The doctor will re-assess your spine and adjust the dysfunctional areas. You may need additional therapy to alleviate pain, foster healing, and promote a healthy lifestyle. Therapy often consists of therapeutic exercises, stretching, acupuncture, neuromuscular re-education, electric stimulation, ultrasound, nutrition supplementation, massage, mechanical traction, or lifestyle modification advice.
Re-exam. After your initial trial of visits, we will schedule you a 30-minute appointment that includes a re-exam to check your progress. We will compare results to your first exam. This appointment is critical for ensuring you are making adequate progress. You will be treated at this visit and the doctor will determine your next steps in care.
I was in a car accident and I don’t have Health Insurance. Can I still be treated for an auto injury?
Yes, in Minnesota your car insurance will pay for your medical bills in full regardless of who is at fault for the collision. You do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. We recommend you schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that your body can begin the healing process with appropriate support.
Should I adjust myself?
No. Please do not. It is common for people to turn or bend to create a popping sound, similar to an adjustment, but when you adjust yourself, it can be counterproductive. You may end up inducing motion into areas that are already hypermobile. A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to a specific spinal joint.
How often should I get a spinal adjustment?
It depends. If you are in acute pain or are on a treatment plan to correct spinal dysfunction, the doctor will treat you more frequently. If you are moving and feeling well, we suggest you get your spine checked monthly. We know that regular spinal checks are one of the healthiest ways to maintain your body’s integrity and function. Just as you would have your teeth checked for painless cavities, we encourage you to get your spine checked, even if you are not experiencing pain. Most of our patients do a great job of listening to their bodies and receive a maintenance adjustment once or twice a month. If you prefer getting your spine adjusted only when you are in pain, we are absolutely fine with that too. It is always your choice as to how you would like to benefit from chiropractic care.
How safe is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is considered “remarkably safe.” This conclusion comes directly from the largest study regarding chiropractic safety, “Report Of The Commission Of Inquiry” of the New Zealand Government. At LifeForce, we make it a priority to make you feel comfortable during your visits. If you do not like a certain modality or adjustment, we will try another technique to help put you at ease.
What about strokes and neck adjustments?
Despite some misunderstanding the actual scientific research into the subject reveals that the incidents of stroke from a chiropractic neck adjustment is EXTREMELY rare. According to a recent, 2001, paper published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, 1 in 5.8 million neck adjustments may be related to altered blood flow through the vertebral arteries of the neck. The research shows that the incidents occurred to people who had a pre-existing blood clot near the vertebral artery. Something the study also commented on is that this type of clot is just as likely to cause a stroke by a person rotating his or her neck back to check a blind spot when driving or by extending his or her neck back to get hair shampooed at the salon. If you have any concerns about this issue we would be happy to talk with you about this further.
I’m pregnant, and I heard chiropractic care is good for me. Why?
There are three main reasons chiropractic is good for your pregnancy.
- Reduced time spent in labor
- Prevent Breech Birth
- Relieve Pain
Reduced time spent in labor. Chiropractic care helps ensure that pelvic bones maintain proper alignment as your pelvic ligaments relax and hips expand. One study showed a 24 percent decrease in labor times for women receiving Chiropractic care throughout a first pregnancy, by an average of five hours less than the median labor times reported in obstetric literature; women in their second and third pregnancies saw a decrease of 39 percent.
Prevent Breech Birth. A misaligned pelvis can reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby, a condition known as intrauterine constraint. It may make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery with a misaligned pelvis; therefore, a type of adjustment known as the Webster Technique is used to reduce the effects of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, improving function in the pelvis. This adjustment is used to prevent breech positions, AND it has also been effective for helping a breech turn into the natural “head down” position.
Relieve pain. The weight gain and altered biomechanics that occur during pregnancy often cause back, neck and joint pain. The most immediate and noticeable effect of a Chiropractic adjustment is pain relief. If you’re having pain, please know that we are here to help! The benefits of chiropractic care extend beyond pain relief, so you are in luck!
Why do babies and children need chiropractic care?
Significant spinal trauma can occur during the birth process. Do you remember how your baby’s delivery was assisted? Even in the most well planned and intentional births, the doctor or midwife assists the delivery of the baby by pulling up under the baby’s head. This causes extreme stress on the vulnerable nerves in the baby’s neck, specifically the vagus nerve. This very important nerve is responsible for proper breathing, sleeping, and digestion. Colicky babies and babies with reflux usually have abnormal tension on this nerve. We encourage parents to have their newborns checked for spinal alignment so that their babies have the best foundation for further development. Learning to crawl, walk, ride a bicycle, and do other childhood activities require a strong spinal foundation and chiropractic care is the perfect tool for establishing a healthy spinal foundation.
Why do ear infections improve with chiropractic care?
Chiropractic treatments have two very important effects on ear infections:
- Adjustments align the bones at the top of the neck. When the bones are in proper alignment, the nerves send clear messages to the ears, sinuses, and surrounding structures in the head.
- Adjustments allow for proper fluid drainage in the inner ear. The adjustment changes the pressure in the ear’s Eustachian tube and tympanic membrane allowing the fluid to escape and drain properly.
Children are more likely to develop ear infections as infants and young children because their ear tubes re much shorter and angled. It is therefore much easier for bacteria to migrate from the nose and throat up into the middle ear space. As their skulls develop, their ear tubes become more vertical making it more difficult for the bacteria to travel upwards.
A lot of our parents choose to have their children adjusted preventatively to keep the fluid from building up. When the ears continue to drain without the buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build-up their own antibodies without antibiotics and recover more quickly. Research shows that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks).
Are babies and children adjusted the same way as their moms and dads?
No! The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual care program. We tailor the type of adjustments given to suit each individual. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified for children. Babies receive gentle adjustments with gentle vibration from the doctor’s fingertips or with a tool called an activator. There is no “cracking” of a child’s spine until there is adequate bone formation.
Can someone with arthritis in their spine receive chiropractic care?
Most certainly! While there are various types of arthritis, the most common type occurring in the spine is called osteoarthritis. With few exceptions people with degenerative osteoarthritis find chiropractic adjustments a great help in relieving their symptoms and improving their overall body movement.
Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?
Most surgical cases begin with spinal dysfunction which chiropractic can often correct. If a condition is detected soon enough, generally, back surgery is rarely needed.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that half of people who have spinal surgery discover a return of their original problems months or years later. This is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic care can often help manage current symptoms and help prevent repeat operations. We have cared for numerous patients who have had various types of spinal surgeries with good results.
If I start chiropractic care do I have to keep going?
Absolutely not! Similar to exercise, you can begin, stop, or continue Chiropractic adjustments as desired. Different care plans require a different frequency of visits depending on your wants and needs. Spinal adjustments do not have an addicting effect, nor do they create a condition whereby a person is worse off after receiving spinal adjustments.
What is the biggest benefit to regular Chiropractic care?
Simply put, chiropractic care helps to ensure that you can enjoy your life to the fullest extent in a body that feels and functions at its best!