What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a system of health care that releases one of the most serious forms of stress from your body: the vertebral subluxation complex can affect your nerves, muscles, internal organs, discs, bones and brain and weaken your overall health.
Chiropractic has become the largest drugless health care profession in the world because it has helped millions of people recover from sickness, disease and disability and minimize the use of drugs and surgery in their lives!
What does a Chiropractor do?
Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics improved nervous system function begins with a case history. This gives the doctor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details affecting your current health.
After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functional problems associated with the spinal column. These examinations help identify areas of spinal malfunctions and resulting nervous system deficit.
Your Chiropractor checks your spine for vertebral subluxations and if you have any, reduces or eliminates them with a safe, gentle spinal adjustment.
Why should I see a chiropractor?
…You don’t feel well
…You are tired or lack energy
…You are ill or in pain
…You are pregnant
…You had a fall (no matter how long ago)
…You’ve lost height
…You are under a lot of physical or emotional stress
…You head, hips, or shoulders are not balanced
…You have had dental work
…You use drugs or medications
…You have had surgery
…You work in the same position for long periods
…You walk toe-in or toe-out
Chiropractic is a wonderful method of keeping your spine, nerves and energies functioning without interference so you may be at your physical and mental best. If you walk into a chiropractor’s office you find people who suffer with asthma, ear infections or colic, pelvic pain, menstrual problems or infertility, back, neck, arm, shoulder or leg pain, headaches, allergies, arthritis, colds, flu, vision and other problems.
What should I expect on my first visit?
In order to diagnose the patient’s condition and find the best course of treatment, a case history, consultation, and physical examination are taken. After the examination, if X-rays are needed, they are performed at this time. Dr. Bolton will go over the X-rays with every patient to show them what is causing their problems.
Does insurance cover chiropractic care?
Most insurance plans cover Chiropractic. Each policy is different. Our office staff will verify each individual coverage and inform you of the coverage available.
What kind of education does a Chiropractor receive?
The Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is a 4-year post doctorate degree, the same as a Medical Doctor. The degree is obtained after a pre-requisite course of study in undergraduate work is completed. The Chiropractic school curriculum is very similar to medical or dental school, with a greater emphasis on anatomy, physiology, x-ray pathology, and Chiropractic care. National and state boards are also required before a D.C. is licensed.
What is Subluxation
…Is a vertebra out of alignment
…Interferes with nerve, brain and spinal cord function
…May strike at any time at any age
…Is often painless – most people don’t know they have them
Are X-rays necessary?
X -rays allow the doctor to visualize the patient’s spine and joints to determine the best course of treatment. X.rays also allow the doctor to make necessary referrals to other providers if needed so the patient can receive the best possible care.
Do children need chiropractic care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
Later, learning to walk, ride a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the unseen damage to the child’s spine is the unique domain of a chiropractic doctor.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” can often be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify these problems and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.
Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.
Am I too old for chiropractic care?
More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.
Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.
The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maxi- mum comfort and results. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.