Your Chiropractic Questions Answered!

Dr. GriffinDo adjustments hurt?
No. Re-aligning the bones in the spine restores the normal posture and allows the tight muscles to relax and feel better.

How long will the adjustment last before I need another?
Until the level of stress that you are experiencing causes the bones to displace and lose their normal function.

When will I start feeling better?
Most feel relief immediately after having their spines re-aligned. Chiropractic is designed to make you Heal better immediately however, everything in nature takes time.

Do I need x-rays?
No. Occasionally an X-ray exam will be required when the initial examination indicates it is in the patients best interest to perform additional studies.

How long have you been a chiropractor?
11 years

Is it bad if my body cracks or pops during an adjustment?
No. The ‘pop’ sound may or may not be present during the adjustment. It is determined by the amount of air that is trapped in the displaced joint. It is simply an air bubble that ‘pops’.

Should I crack my own back, neck, fingers and wrist?
One’s back or neck should never be adjusted by anyone other than a licensed Chiropractic Physician. The fingers and other extremities are not as complex of joints and therefore may be moved through their normal range of motion.

Can I get a friend to ‘crack’ my back?
Only a licensed Chiropractic Physician should ever adjust someone’s spine. ‘Feeling better’ is not necessarily ‘Functioning better’.

Can you adjust other joints in the body other than the spine?
Yes. Most any joint can become displaced or stuck and therefore can be corrected to improve function.

Can a Chiropractor help with headaches and migraines?
Yes. Second to only dehydration, a misalignment of the joints in the neck is a very common cause of headaches.

Do Chiropractors go to medical school?
Yes, the first two years are generally the same textbooks and curriculum. However, the next three years are more specific to what Chiropractors do. The focus of medical training is on toxicology and pharmacology. The focus of chiropractic training is on anatomy and the proper alignment of the spine.

Once I get an adjustment, will I always need to be adjusted?
No. One always needs to be in alignment to allow their body to function optimally.

What does chiropractic treat?
People. I do not treat disease, I treat people who may or may not have a disease or diagnosis. A body with a better nerve supply works better at everything.

How many adjustments does a typical person need?
It varies, depending on the patient’s current level of stress and health. Stress is the underlying cause of disease and Chiropractic removes that physical manifestation of stress.

If I stop feeling pain, do I need to keep coming?
The absence of pain is not health. If you take a pill and the pain goes away, the dysfunction that caused it still persists. Muscle, ligament and joint injuries often occur as a result of long-term biomechanical dysfunction, sometimes from past injuries, making the area more susceptible to future injury.

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