Who and what conditions do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are practitioners who specialize in the musculoskeletal system. It is typical to assume chiropractors only see patients for headaches neck and back pain and/or injuries. However, we also treat a wide range non spinal related injuries including hip, knee, ankle and shoulder. Chiropractic care can be beneficial for people of all ages ranging from infants to the elderly. At Active Living Chiropractic, we examine the whole individual to find the root cause of pain or injury, as well as counseling patients on nutrition, exercise, and healthy occupational and lifestyle modifications.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractic treatment is a very safe, non invasive and drug free method of treating musculoskeletal conditions. There is a large amount of research validating the efficacy and safety of chiropractic care. Chiropractic has very few serious adverse effects, however there are always some risks involved in any type of treatment, chiropractic or otherwise. The most common side effect of a chiropractic treatment is muscle soreness, which typically doesn't last longer than 24-48 hours following treatment. There are specific conditions in which chiropractic care may not be the best approach. In those cases the chiropractor will adjust their treatment plan or refer the patient to a practitioner who specializes in that condition.
What should I expect from a chiropractic appointment?
The initial visit consists of a comprehensive physical exam which will involve testing the nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. The doctor will then go over the diagnosis and explain the findings. Once all questions have been answered and consent to treat has been given, treatment will begin. The treatment will consist of spinal or extremity adjustments if indicated. With the adjustment there is a possibility of hearing the “pop” sound which is the release of fluid and gas from the capsule surrounding the joint causing a cavitation. The goal of an adjustment is to promote proper motion in a joint and it is typical not to experience an audible "pop." We use a multitude of modalities including massage therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and cold laser depending on the condition. Rehabilitation exercises are used to help promote strength and proper muscle firing patterns. Each patient and condition will be prescribed a unique treatment plan to relieve pain and achieve their individual goals and prevent future injuries.