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1. What is Chiropractic?

"Chiro" comes from the Greek word "cheir" which means "hand", and "practic" from the Greek word "pracktikos" meaning practice. Together, the word "chiropractic" means "to be done by hand".

Hands on therapy is the foundation to chiropractic care. Chiropractic is based on the relationship between your body’s structures and how it affects your health.

2. How does it work?

Chiropractic care uses conservative therapies to treat conditions that affect the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and it’s effect on your overall well-being. Chiropractors help to alleviate pain, improve function and motion, and support self-healing.

Chiropractic care can involve spinal manipulations and other alternative therapies (i.e. dry needling, manual therapy, exercises, etc) to treat the musculoskeletal conditions that affect the body. A spinal manipulation is a core treatment in chiropractic care, but it is not the only type of treatment.

After an exam, your chiropractor will discuss with you the treatments he/she believes will be right for you.

3. Is chiropractic treatment safe? Does it hurt?

A chiropractic adjustment is widely recognized as a safe and non-invasive therapy for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic manipulation is a safe procedure when it is done correctly and appropriately selected for the patient. Although no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects, the risks are very low. Some patients may experience mild aching, soreness, or tiredness in the areas treated. These effects typically fades within 24 hours.

4. How many treatments do I need? How often will I need to come in?

The number of visits you will need varies for everyone, depending on the duration, severity and nature of the illness. Generally speaking, the longer you have suffered, the more treatments you need. Acute conditions, such as sudden pain from an injury or may require 3 or 4 treatments before symptoms are reduced. Chronic conditions like back pain or other problems that you have had for many years may take anywhere from 6 to 12 treatments until you notice significant changes.

Typically chiropractic treatments are given once or twice a week depending on the condition. If the condition is acute and relatively severe, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to chiropractic care. On your first visit, we will take a detailed health history and determine an appropriate treatment plan for you based on your signs and symptoms and the findings of that visit.

5. How should I prepare for my first visit?

  • It is a good idea to eat about an hour before coming for an acupuncture treatment.
  • Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing.
  • Patients are highly recommended to refrain from wearing any perfumes or scented oils within the clinic. Many patients, including pregnant women and those undergoing radiation and chemotherapy are very sensitive to fragrances.
  • Avoid rigorous exercise for at least two hours before and after treatment.
  • Please turn your phones off or put on silent. Many patients become disturbed or distracted during treatments from phone rings when they are supposed to relax.

6. What conditions can be treated?

A variety of conditions that are related to the spine can be treated. Conditions such as:

Neck pain
Low back pain
Acute or chronic pain
Muscle knots and/or spams
Posture related problems
Sports injuries
Overuse injuries
Arm / Shoulder pain
Hip / Knee pain
Sciatic pain
Whiplash associated disorders

Not all conditions are listed, but please call our office if you are wondering about a specific condition.

7. Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

Both dry needling and acupuncture involve the insertion of thin needles that do not inject fluid into the body.

Originated in Asian medical practices, acupuncture has been used for nearly 3000 years. During an acupuncture session, needles are inserted into acupuncture points along meridians or "A Shi" points. The meridians are where Qi (the vital life energy) flows and they are linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. "A Shi" points are any points on the body that do not correspond to meridians. In Chinese medicine, blocked and imbalanced flow Qi causes pain and illness. By inserting needles at specific points, acupuncturists redirect and restore proper flow of energy(Qi) throughout the body to relieve pain and promote overall health and wellness. Acupuncture is performed by board-certified acupuncturist who have completed a minimum of 4 years of master's or doctorate level of training in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, including at least 600 hours of clinical training.

Dry needling is a relatively new process based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. With dry needling, needles are placed into point (knotted or tender areas of muscles or soft tissue) at greater needle depth and often thrusted or manipulated to release the knot and relieve neuro-muscular pain. Dry needling is usually admitted by non-acupuncture trained professionals who received certificate on needling after additional training.

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