FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Chiropractic care is a form of natural healthcare that focuses on diagnosing and treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders. It uses manual manipulation and other adjunctive therapies to help you function better, reduce pain, and improve overall health.
WHAT IS A MANUAL MANIPULATION?
A chiropractic adjustment, also known as manual manipulation or spinal manipulation, is a therapeutic technique that involves applying controlled, sudden force to specific joints in the spine or other parts of the body with the aim of improving joint function, reducing pain, and promoting overall health. The specific technique and approach used may vary depending on the chiropractor's training, the patient's condition, and individual preferences. It's important to consult with a licensed chiropractor to determine if chiropractic adjustments are suitable for your specific needs.Research also shows that over time, patients who are adjusted regularly have less “bad days” or days spent in pain, per year.
IS IT SAFE?
Absolutely! We will use techniques tailored specifically for you and provide additional guidance regarding lifestyle habits such as exercise, nutrition, posture, and stress management that can help support your progress. Chiropractic care is also non-invasive and medication-free, making it a safe and effective way to manage musculoskeletal issues.
Research also shows that over time, patients who are adjusted regularly have less “bad days” or days spent in pain, per year.
ARE CHIROPRACTORS DOCTORS?
Yes! Chiropractors are doctors who have completed specialized training in chiropractic care at an accredited institution. They must also pass state board exams and state licensing exams before they can practice.
I'M SCARED OF THE POPPING NOISES, WILL IT HURT?
There are many different adjusting techniques. At Beard Chiropractic we utilize Diversified, Thompson, Gonstead, Activator, Flexion-Distraction, and Webster Technique most commonly. While that may not mean much to most, rest assured that there are many ways to effectively adjust you that do not require the loud "popping" and "clicking" noises. Most patients prefer the manual adjustments and do not think they hurt, but if you are uncomfortable just let the doctor know and she will use a technique that suits you better.
ONCE I'VE BEEN ADJUSTED DO I HAVE TO KEEP SEEING A CHIROPRACTOR FOREVER?
Nope! While maintenance/wellness care has many benefits, you will not fall apart if you don't get routine care. It's important to remember that everyone is different and has different needs. Your lifestyle, the stress you put on your body, how active you are, etc. will play the biggest role in determining how often you should come in for adjustments. Many patients find relief with one or two monthly appointments, while others may require more frequent visits during an acute period or flare-up of their symptoms.
For most people, I recommend a frequency of care that allows you to do what you love most without pain or injury. We will work with you to develop a personalized plan for your care that meets your specific needs.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY VISIT?
The first chiropractic session typically includes a physical examination, range of motion tests, postural assessments, and neurological tests. We may also recommend additional diagnostic tools like X-rays or MRIs to understand your condition better. After diagnosis, we will create a personalized treatment plan consisting of manual manipulation, stretching and strengthening exercises, ultrasound therapy, or other adjunctive treatments.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE MY FIRST VISIT?
Before your first visit please take the time to fill out the online paperwork. This paperwork includes providing us with a detailed medical history and has questions regarding your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and general health. Doing this beforehand gives the doctor time to look over your case ahead of time and helps your first appointment flow smoothly. It can also be helpful to write down any of your questions or concerns you want to ask the doctor, so that you are prepared for your appointment.