Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions

When choosing chiropractic care, you may come across a number of questions you want to ask your care provider. Below are a handful of commonly asked questions we receive from our patients.

Of course, every patient’s pain symptoms and chiropractic experience is unique, so contact us if you have any additional questions about the information presented below. We’re always happy to help!

What Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractors treat a wide range of symptoms that can potentially impact your physical and emotional well-being. These include back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and other conditions involving muscles, ligaments, and joints. Individuals interested in holistic health and wellness can also benefit from chiropractic care.

How is a Chiropractic Adjustment Performed?

Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a wide range of techniques to restore the normal movement of a joint, improve spinal function and alleviate pain. Your chiropractor applies controlled force in a very specific way using his/her hands, an instrument, or a specialized table. It’s a highly precise procedure that your highly trained and experienced chiropractor will have perfected over the years.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Chiropractic care is recognized as a safe and non-invasive form of healthcare for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Spinal adjustments are considered to be remarkably safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor like Dr. Gurj Kalay.

Can Pregnant Women Benefit From Seeing a Chiropractor?

Absolutely. Pregnant women get amazing results from chiropractic care. Pregnancy subjects a woman’s body to many changes that affect her posture and comfort. Today, more and more obstetricians refer their patients to chiropractors due to the effectiveness of spinal adjustments to keep the body in balance and prevent unnecessary pain, making the pregnancy experience seamless from conception to delivery.

How About Children, Can They Also Benefit From Chiropractic Care?

Children, including newborns, can visit the chiropractor for regular pediatric adjustments. It is a safe, gentle, and drugless option for addressing many childhood health complaints that can be traced back to spinal distress. These include baby colic, poor appetite, ear infections, and erratic sleeping patterns.

What are Subluxations?

Subluxations refer to the abnormal condition that occurs when one or several vertebrae in the spine move out of normal position and/or motion. When the vertebrae become misaligned, it creates pressure and stress on the spinal nerves and surrounding muscles, causing the body to malfunction. If left untreated, subluxations may continue to get worse, causing devastating effects on your quality of life and sometimes even leading to irreversible damage. Physical examinations and X-rays by your chiropractor will help locate any subluxation that you might have.

How Do I Know If I Need To See a Chiropractor?

A common misconception about chiropractic care is that it’s for people with pain or musculoskeletal conditions. While it plays a significant role in alleviating suffering from these conditions, chiropractic care is suitable for everyone, regardless of age, even if there is no pain involved.

Stressful life situations or repetitive physical and postural strain from daily activities can cause restrictions in movement and alterations in nervous system function. Therefore, spinal problems can be present but undetected for a long time. An experienced chiropractor can help you manage this tension before symptoms appear to ensure overall wellness.

What Happens During My Chiropractic Treatment?

During your initial visit, your doctor will conduct an assessment of your health history and current complaint/injury (physical examination). To further confirm if chiropractic care is appropriate, your doctor may recommend X-rays or an MRI to get more insight into the unique structure of your anatomy. Following the diagnosis of the problem, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to meet your specific needs.

At this point, you can have your first spinal adjustment performed. Expect to receive counseling on nutritional choices, health habits, and other lifestyle modifications that may contribute to a healthy life and whole-body healing.

Is Chiropractic Treatment Ongoing?
Every situation is unique depending on your aims/goals of care. While many patients experience almost instant relief within their first few chiropractic treatments, a lot of them still choose to continue with some type of follow-up care to help consolidate and maintain progress. Your chiropractor will discuss with you your likely need for ongoing treatment as part of your holistic pain management plan, depending on your condition.
Does Chiropractic Care Hurt?
Chiropractic is relatively painless, but in some instances, you may feel slight discomfort as your chiropractor manually manipulates a joint or positions the body to perform an adjustment. Most patients experience mild soreness as the body adjusts to corrected alignment, although this should only be temporary.

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