Q.What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments are essential to your overall wellness. Joints in your spine that are not moving correctly can choke or irritate nearby nerves. A Chiropractic adjustment can add motion to your joints, reducing nervous system disruption.
A chiropractic adjustment can be performed on newborns, infants, children, seniors and even back surgery patients. Each adjustment is tailored to your size, age, particular health issue and sensitivity where pain is present
Q.How many adjustments do I need?
The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health issues and goals. Many patients report some progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits are less often as your spine stabilizes. In some difficult cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
Q.What can I expect on my 1st adjustment?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractors most often treat neuromusculoskeletal issues, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic are often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians who practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Q.How does chiropractic help Costa Mesa residents?
The body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism:
· The nerve system controls and coordinates all of the functions in the body.
· Any interference with the nerve system inhibits the body’s ability to regulate and heal itself.
· Interference to the nerve system is most commonly cause by misalignment of the bones of the spine called “subluxations.” ”
· Subluxations” are most often caused by slips and falls, car accidents, stress, poor posture, poor sleep habits, sports impacts, birth process, etc.
· Maintaining a healthy and well-aligned spine enhances the body’s ability to get well and stay well.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo mobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time.
In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Q.Should chiropractic care continue even after I feel fine?
Chiropractors are trained to detect problem areas in your spine before they develop into problem conditions or symptoms. Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your subluxations are corrected. Regular adjustments help to maintain or support a healthy spine and nervous system. Maintenance or wellness spinal care programs, which may include advice on posture, nutrition and exercise, can effectively prevent pain.
However, how you choose to use chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. If your spine wears out, there is no solution. Because your spine directly influences the function of your nervous system, spinal decay permanently damages the nerves and spinal cord. Nearly everyone flosses and brushes their teeth even though their teeth don’t hurt. Spinal adjustments are like flossing the spine. Lifetime care of the spine should be a priority for everyone in Costa Mesa!
Q.Is chiropractic safe?
Every now and then you may hear that Chiropractic is not safe. This is not true. Even risk-adverse insurance companies recognize the safety of today’s chiropractic care.
The premiums for malpractice insurance paid by chiropractors are a mere fraction of what medical practitioners must pay and are based on statistical objective data and not on opinion.
Many Orange County patients often wonder if they should “crack” their own back. This question is often posed to Dr. Cynthia and Dr. Philippe and concern has been raised over its safety. While people might have the right idea by trying to relieve pressure on the joints, the “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck is not the same as a Chiropractic Adjustment.
When we crack our own backs it is usually the areas that are already hyper-mobile, not the stuck spots. Hence, the problem usually keeps coming back, which should be a clear indication that there has been no real “Adjustment”. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed vertebrae, has not been corrected. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust themselves, Dr. Cynthia and Dr. Philippe must have each other adjust them! You should not try to do it yourself, either.
Q.The “cracking” sound during an adjustment.
The sound is no reason to be concerned. The sound is not coming from the bones themselves. It’s coming from a lubricant called synovial fluid that’s found in every joint. That fluid contains dissolved gases. When Dr. Philippe or Dr. Cynthia adjust your spine, the joints are slightly separated to move into proper functionality. This releases the built-up pressure on the fluid and gases and creates a “pop” similar to the release of pressure when the cork comes off a bottle of Champagne. Not all patients “pop” and not all adjusting techniques produce the noise, which means an adjustment can be proper and effective, even if you do not hear any noise. The most important impact of the adjustment is the stimulation of the nervous system, not the sound!