Chiropractor FAQ’s: What you need to know about Chiropractic

Chiropractor FAQ’s:  What you need to know about Chiropractic…

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How Does the Chiropractic adjustment Work?

Spinal joints that are “locked up”, fixated, misaligned,  or not moving right can affect your health by “choking” or irritating nearby nerve tissue. Chiropractic adjustments add motion to these stuck areas. This helps restore nervous system integrity and  improves the healing process. It helps decrease pain, improve mobility, and increases health of the body.

What Conditions do we treat at our Chiropractor office?

Low Back Pain
Mid Back Pain/Shoulder blade pain
Neck Pain
Disc Pain
Sciatica (Leg pain)
Back pain related to Pregnancy
Shoulder Pain
Fibromyalgia/ CFS
Conditions involving muscle and joint related aches and pains
(Note: Our patients range from office workers who sit all day, pregnant women, professional athletes, marathon runners, triathletes  even 90 year old women and children who carry heavy backpacks.  Our treatments are tailored to the individual because everyone is different)

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited. Compare the statistics. Adjustments are safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

What are causes of joint and muscle aches and pains in the body?

There are 2 main causes for muscle and joint pains in the body:

1. Major traumas: Major traumas are slips, falls, car accidents, sports injuries,etc.  These are events that occur hard and fast.

2. Minor traumas: Minor traumas are sitting, sleeping, or standing with poor posture. These repetitive incorrect postures add up over time and put undue stress on the spine and muscles.

These major and minor traumas cause spinal bones to get “stuck” and spinal joints can become misaligned. These misalignments can irritate delicate nerves because the joints in your spine are so close to your spinal cord and nerve roots.  Too little joint motion and misalignments can have serious effects because it can press against adjacent nerve tissue.  Therefore, spinal joints do not function properly and muscles can tighten in certain areas creating imbalances in the body.  Discs, ligaments and other connective tissues can become inflamed. Bone spurs and arthritic degeneration can set in.

Your chiropractic doctor is a licensed health care professional dedicated to the detection, reduction and prevention of spinal nerve irritation from misaligned and fixated areas of the spine.  Massage is one of the best modalities to help relax the tight muscles in the body. You’re in good hands!

How long does it take for chiropractic to work?

Chiropractic results vary depending upon many factors. How long have you had your problem? Are  you sitting, sleeping, or standing with poor posture on a weekly basis? Do you keep your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Are you in otherwise good health? Within a short period of time most patients sense enough progress to justify completing our recommendations.

Since chiropractic care depends on the healing abilities of each patient, results are hard to predict. Every patient responds differently. Some detect changes in a few short days or weeks. Others may take weeks to months before showing progress.

Will I need chiropractic care forever?

After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These chiropractic “checkups” can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. How long you want to receive chiropractic care is up to you.  It is very similar to getting periodic teeth checkups at the dentist to detect small cavities before they get bigger. Everyone has different goals for care so we work to decrease pain, increase function and mobility, and improve health the best we can.

How do I know if I have stuck or misaligned joints if I do not have pain?

You can have stuck and misaligned joints and not even know it. Like tooth decay or cancer, stuck and misaligned joints can be present before any warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of any stuck and misaligned joints you may have.

Will I Have To Live With the Pain?

Pain is a warning sign. Like the piercing sound from a smoke alarm, the alarm isn’t the problem. The alarm has a cause, just like every ache or pain has a cause. Some people choose to cover up the pain instead of correcting the cause.  More and more people are choosing chiropractic care first, Specific chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal function and helps with stuck and misaligned joints .

Better yet, chiropractic care is safe. Chiropractic is natural. And chiropractic looks to correct the underlying cause of the problem.

Dr. Weisz

“We help many people with Low back pain, neck pain, and headaches.”

Chicago Chiropractor and Chicago Massage in Lakeview

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