Frequently Asked Questions
Chiropractic is the science, art & philosophy of locating & correcting the misalignment of your vertebrae through gentle, specific Chiropractic adjustments that allow your body the opportunity to function at its optimum potential.
A uniqueness of KaiZen Progressive Health, is that our doctors use both traditional manual adjustments, as well as the Pro-Adjuster technology. This technology allows the doctor to perform spinal adjustments that do not involve any turning, popping, twisting, or cracking that many people fear. The Pro-Adjuster analyzes the spine and vibrates the bone gently back into place which is completely customized to each individual.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. Chiropractors are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or Chiropractic adjustments.
They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction to other parts of the body that may appear to be ‘unrelated’ to the injured area.
The benefits of Chiropractic care also include general health issues, since our body structure affects our overall function. Our Chiropractors also discuss with patients their nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modifications to help them improve their quality of life.
Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure where trained specialists (Chiropractors) use their hands or an instrument to apply a controlled force to joint(s). The purpose of the adjustment is to correct your structural misalignments, removing the nerve interference in your body.
Subluxation is a misalignment of one or more of your spinal bones (vertebrae), which causes interference to your nervous system. If your nervous system is interfered with, your body’s natural ability to heal itself & function at its optimum potential becomes impaired. A subluxation is an example of how structure affects function.
A lot of our patients report that Chiropractic adjustments feel great. Patients also report that once they begin receiving adjustments, they look forward to receiving additional adjustments because of the results they experience in their overall life. When you allow the vertebrae in your spine to return to their proper position, you may notice less stress and tension. This ultimately allows your body to function well as a whole.
Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort.
For infants, the birth process is often the cause of your child’s first subluxation. A very soft and undeveloped spine of an infant can suffer trauma during delivery. It is estimated that as much as 80lbs of pulling pressure can be exerted to remove a baby from the birth canal. Many of our patients bring their newborns and infants in for regular adjustments.
Then, as children grow up and become more adventurous, the number of injuries to their spines becomes countless. The repeated falls as children learn to walk, the running, jumping, twisting, bumping and falling all over the place while playing in the yard or on an athletic field will often cause your child’s spine to become misaligned. However, often children do not show any signs or symptoms until later on in life. This is why getting treatments only when you experience symptoms, may not be the ideal way to keep your body intact.
Overall, Chiropractic care offers your child a more responsive body; a more balanced flow of energy and overall increased performance as she/he develops. A well-aligned child also may minimize the risk of future health challenges.
This question is frequently asked because people associate the “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck with a Chiropractic adjustment. The two are not the same thing.
If a person has a desire to “crack” his/her neck or back it is often because one area of their spine is fixated or jammed causing another area to move too much and “pop”, sometimes by itself. It’s the fixated or jammed area that needs to be properly adjusted by a Chiropractor so that the other parts of the spine will not be hypermobile and noisy. When you “crack” your back you may be relieving the tension for a little while.
Do you notice how it keeps coming back? That is because you are not giving yourself a specific Chiropractic adjustment. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed (subluxated) vertebrae, has not been corrected. Any person who makes a habit out of “cracking” or “popping” their back or neck needs to go to a Doctor of Chiropractic to have their spine checked. Even our Chiropractors cannot adjust themselves!
During a Chiropractic adjustment, the sound you may hear is not your bones “cracking” or “popping” like most people think. That sound is created by gas (in this case, nitrogen) rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. Another example of this phenomenon would be the “pop” sound you hear when the cork is taken out of a champagne bottle.
Not all Chiropractic-adjusting techniques produce this noise. In fact, some adjusting techniques use little force and thus produce no noise at all.
No. The extent to which you choose to benefit from your Chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. Each & every one of us is solely responsible for the quality of our health and well-being.
We do strongly urge all practice members to consider what their preventative care model looks like, and to consider Chiropractic as a possible treatment within that plan. This is where the long-term, lasting benefits of care are enjoyed.
Preventative care is equally as important as rehabilitative care. Most people do not only go see a dentist when they have a cavity; they see the dentist to avoid getting cavities. Your body/bones are the same way.
Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your subluxations are corrected. Most of the practice members seen in our office have spinal degeneration (decay), which has taken years to develop. The trauma of the birth process, slips, falls, accidents and countless other stresses over the course of your lifetime adversely affect the health of your spine. The longer you wait to have your spine checked by a Chiropractor, the longer it will take to correct your subluxations.
However, how you choose to use Chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. It has been our experience that those who stop care when they are “feeling fine” return with the same health challenge(s) which brought them to our office in the first place…only it’s usually gotten worse. On the other hand, those practice members who commit to long-term, wellness Chiropractic care, find their health challenge(s) rarely return and they enjoy a higher quality of life & health.
Statistics show that Chiropractic care is one of the safest types of healthcare in the world, and is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.
Doctors of Chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, and clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more. They are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. In total, the Chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Every insurance carrier is different. We recommend that you bring in your insurance card and photo ID, and our staff will be able to check with your insurance company and report back to you what services are covered. Additionally, many of our services are affordably priced, so that regardless of insurance, you are able to receive affordable treatments.
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