At the heart of chiropractic care is this simple wisdom: Treat the problem itself, not just the symptoms. Symptoms like back pain, headaches, tingling and numbness are signals from your body that something is wrong. In the event of injuries or degenerative processes in the spine there are structural changes that need to be addressed. Vertebrae and spinal discs can become deranged to the point of interfering with nerve transmissions, inhibiting mobility and causing pain. With chiropractic adjustments, proper rest, exercise and nutrition, healing can begin.
At our clinic we use manual full spine adjusting techniques on most cases. This is traditional chiropractic and, in our objective opinion, it works best. For those patients requiring a lower force adjustment we incorperate activator and SOT blocking methods.
We almost always adjust on the first visit, after all that is what you're here for. The only time we don't is if further diagnostic testing is required or if the patient is too acute. In acute cases we administer appropriate physical therapy to modulate pain and inflammation and we are usually able to adjust them the next day.
Every patient responds differently to treatment. Some experience immediate relief of symptoms and for others it is a slower process. This depends on several factors including degree of injury or degeneration, age and overall health of the patient. We do not find it prudent to pre-schedule patients for long term care without knowing how they will respond. We try to be very straight forward at each visit as to how you are progressing and to give you an idea, from our professional experience, how much longer treatment will be needed.
We encourage all patients to be proactive in their health by getting on some type of maintenance care. For some patients this is an adjustment once a month, for some it is one every two or three months. These patients invariably have fewer acute episodes and most of them have none. They also exhibit increased general health and vitality.