1. Is a chiropractic adjustment safe?
Yes. Studies show that you have a 3 times greater chance of getting hit by lightening than being personally injured by a chiropractic adjustment.
2. How does a patient know if chiropractic care can help?
Chiropractors are trained in Orthopedic and Neurological testing. Chiropractors know that veryone can benefit from chiropractic care. Dr. Cunningham offers a complimentary consultation to discuss your health problems and will let you know if chiropractic care will be beneficial for you.
3. Can children get adjusted?
Definitely. Even infants can get adjusted because sometimes the birth process is traumatic and requires forceps or suction to be delivered. This can cause subluxation, which left untreated can cause future health problems. Many children benefit form chiropractic care for ear infections, hyperactivity, asthma, scoliosis, headaches, sports injuries and more.
4. Can a pregnant woman be safely adjusted up until delivery?
Absolutely. Studies prove that women getting adjusted during pregnancy have a shorter labor time and usually an easier delivery. Most women complain of lower back pain, tight muscles and sciatica during their last trimester of pregnancy. Chiropractic care helps alleviate their symptoms by realigning the spine which helps the nervous system function at optimal potential.
5. Is Chiropractic care better than conventional care for low back pain?
A Canadian study called the Magna Report reveals chiropractic care is "safe", "cost effective". "scientific evidence provide effectiveness" and "chiropractic care has higher patient satisfaction compared to conventional medical treatment". The medical approach to chiropractic is pain killers/analgesics, physical therapy or even surgery. Pain medication only masks the symptoms but doesn't get to the cause of the problem. In addition, all medications have side effects. Neck/back surgery should be only considered only in severe cases.
6. How long does a patient have to wait for an appointment?
Emergency patients are seen the same day. Dr. Cunningham and her staff pride themselves on patient care and are very accommodating.
7. What is the cracking sound heard when a patient gets adjusted?
When a patient receives an adjustment, a small "crack" or "pop" is heard. This is nitrogen gas bubbles being released from the joint capsule when an adjustment is delivered. No bones are rubbing together during an adjustment- a common myth is dispelled.
8. Can getting a chiropractic adjustment cause arthritis?
No. Chiropractic care does not cause arthritis but those that are chronically subluxated and left untreated will eventually lead to osteoarthritis. On the other hand if people frequently crack their knuckles this can cause ligament instability and minor inflammation. Only a trained professional should give a spinal adjustment
9. Can chiropractic care help people in automobile accidents?
Yes. However, in emergency life-threatening situations, immediate medical attention should be administered. But, if the patient has a musculoskeletal injury then chiropractic care would be very beneficial. It is best to be treated shortly after the injury because if you wait, the body will lay down scar tissue and in time will have less mobility. When too much time lapses before treatment that is when chronic pain sets in. Therefore it is imperative to seek chiropractic care shortly after the injury occurs because the healing process is speeded up and the patient can resume a normal lifestyle faster.
10. Does chiropractic care treat sports injuries?
Definitely. Chiropractors work with athletes all the time. Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield stated that he found going to a chiropractor helps his performance and that he once drove 20 miles to see a chiropractor before a fight. He stated he needs to have an adjustment before he goes into the ring . With adjustments, the nervous system functions at optimal potential which can certainly help an athletes agility, power, speed reaction time and balance. Therefore chiropractic care can obviously enhance athletic performance.