Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of going to a chiropractor? If you have yet to experience the health and well-being from regular adjustments, then you may think chiropractic is painful, unnecessary or even a little kooky.
Here we answer your most frequently asked questions and give you the skinny on what it’s really like to visit a chiropractor.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic emphasizes the power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
What do doctors of chiropractic do?
Because much of our body is controlled by the proper functioning of our nervous system, chiropractors focus on the health of the spine so the nervous system can function at its peak. Chiropractors examine their patients for misalignments called “vertebral subluxations.” If detected, they use safe and effective adjustments to restore proper spinal movement and remove nervous system interference.
What is a subluxation?
Vertebral Subluxation Complex or “subluxation” for short, is a dysfunction of one of the bones in your spine. When this happens, the normal functioning of your nerves is compromised, and your overall health and well-being can diminish.
What is an adjustment?
In technical terms, an adjustment involves a specific force applied to a vertebra to correct a spinal subluxation. Chiropractors use different methods such as gentle fingertip pressure, their hands, instruments and special tables to perform adjustments.
Are adjustments safe?
Yes, when applied by a licensed chiropractor in a clinical setting, adjustments are very safe. Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to healthcare; therefore, the risks are very low. Dr. Megan assesses all her patients for any risks before beginning care.
Do adjustments hurt?
The actual adjustment is gentle and mild. Afterwards, your muscles surrounding the adjustment area may be a bit sore, but this is rare and short lived.
How long before I feel better?
Some people may find a first adjustment brings instant relief, but others may take longer to respond. Various factors affect the outcome such as how long and how severe the current symptoms are.
How do adjustments help with health issues outside of the spine?
Your body has a God-given ability to heal on its own. Removing nervous system interference allows every system in your body to function at its peak. Our patients report improved digestion, sleep, healthier immune systems, diminished migraines, more energy and improved hearing!
Why do I need an adjustment if I’m not in pain?
Spinal dysfunction usually happens before you feel any back or neck pain, making subluxations “silent.” Your body naturally alters mechanics to avoid pain when a dysfunction is present. Short-term this is your body’s way of helping you out, but long-term you can develop recurring issues. Seeing a chiropractor for an assessment of your spine and nervous system will ensure overall health and well-being, while detecting and preventing any issues.
Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Dr. Megan sees patients of all ages, but her specialty is pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.