Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic FAQs

Is chiropractic care safe?
Absolutely. Compared to other medical treatments, which include medication and surgery, chiropractic is by far the safest. It is estimated that 140,000 people in the USA die each year from drug-related reactions and nearly 100,000 people die as result of medical errors. Insurance companies who evaluate the risks of all professions, and charge a premium based on the risk the profession poses, rate chiropractors by far as the lowest insurance premium of all health care providers. Even though thousands of chiropractic adjustments are made each year, only a few complaints are registered
What should I expect during my first visit and treatment?
When you call the office, we will schedule an Evaluation appointment. During the Evaluation, you can expect a thorough exam and x-rays. Typically, a Report of Findings appointment is made for the following day. The doctor will cover your results and any findings with you. He will recommend treatment specific to your needs and current situation. A Stress View X-Ray might also be taken at this time. Treatment often begins immediately following the Report of Findings appointment.
What is a subluxation?
Subluxation refers to a spinal bone (vertebra) that is not in its right position or not moving in its normal range of motion.  Misaligned vertebra are irritating nerves and blood vessels, which in turn affects the way your body communicates with your spine. Subluxations are the cause of many pains and dysfunctions in muscles and organs. The body’s natural ability to heal itself is greatly improved with the subluxation removed.
Does the adjustment hurt?
Most chiropractic adjustments are not only virtually painless, they actually feel great and relieving. In cases of a recent injury, inflamed tissue may react to adjustments and cause some discomfort. Application of ice after treatment may soothe any irritation.
What is the cracking sound during an adjustment?
The sound is no reason to be concerned. The sound is not coming from the bones themselves. It’s coming from a lubricant called synovial fluid that’s found in every joint. That fluid contains dissolved gases. During the adjustment the joints are slightly separated to move into the proper position. This releases the built-up pressure on the fluid and gasses and creates a “pop” similar to the release of pressure when the cork comes off a bottle of Champagne. Not all patients “pop” and not all adjusting techniques produce the noise, which means an adjustment can be proper and effective, even if you do not hear any noise.
How long does a treatment visit take?
Using the Pettibon System, the typical warm-up, exercises, and therapies take 40 to 60 minutes. We have evening hours so you are able to complete your treatments throughout the week.
Can I adjust myself?
Many patients often wonder if they should crack their own back. This question is often posed to chiropractors and concern has been raised over its safety. While people might have the right idea by trying to relieve pressure on the joints, the “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck is not the same as a chiropractic adjustment. The problem usually keeps coming back, which should be a clear indication that there has been no real adjustment. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed vertebrae, has not been corrected. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself. You should not try to do it yourself either.
Will repeated chiropractic adjustment lead to arthritis?
There is no evidence to suggest that manipulation of the spine or other chiropractic care can lead to arthritis. On the contrary, chiropractors often care for people with arthritis by maintaining joint health. Motion is life when it comes to joint health.
Is there a minimum or maximum age for a person to receive chiropractic care?
There is no age excluded from chiropractic care. Even babies can have subluxations, due to the rigors of birth. In Denmark, for “]example, Chiropractic Doctors are part of the birthing team. Children’s subluxations should be treated early, as they interfere with nerves that control developing muscles and organs. of the body consist of cartilage growth centers that the bone grows from. Abnormal stresses on a rapidly developing spine and other bones and joints can cause them to develop abnormally. Your chiropractor can detect these problems while they’re easy to correct.
Can chiropractors refer patients to other specialists?
Chiropractors are part of a network of health-care professionals. Like other doctors, they will make referrals for patients when necessary. Chiropractors are trained to recognize risk factors and signs of disease that are outside their scope of treatments and they will not hesitate to make a referral when it’s in a patient’s best interest.

 

Neurofeedback FAQs

What is NeuroIntegration Therapy?
NeuroIntegration Therapy is a type of biofeedback. The body has a limited capacity to sense information coming from inside itself. However, if you monitor any biological process, amplify it, and feed it back to the brain, your brain can change it.

NeuroIntegration Therapy addresses problems of brain disregulation, which includes anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD/OCD, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, head injuries, memory loss, migraines, PMS and sleep disorders. NeuroIntegration Therapy is training in self-regulation. Self-regulation is a necessary part of proper brain function. It is simply biofeedback applied directly to the brain.

How is NeuroIntegration Therapy Helpful?
By re-training abnormal brainwave patterns, we are assisting the brain to function better rather than curing a condition. A problem of disregulation is not a disease to be cured, however when disregulation is a problem, self regulation may improve or eliminate symptoms entirely. For example, a person with ADD may be able to train their brain to pay attention, so that condition will no longer be diagnosable.

The EEG NeuroIntegration system works like a mind mirror, showing you how your brain is functioning, and telling you if you are on the right track. The photic stimulation is guiding your brainwaves into a correct pattern while the music and visuals reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. Eventually, the brainwave activity is “shaped” toward more desirable, more regulated performance.

Could you explain more about brainwaves?
Your brain produces four distinct types of brain waves. People usually have a mixture of frequencies at any given time, but the dominant frequency varies depending on the state of consciousness and on individual differences. Beta is considered to be the fast waves, measuring 15 Hertz and above. Alpha is 8-12 Hertz. Theta is 4-7 Hertz. Delta is 0.5-3.5 Hertz. A normal focused waking state consists of primarily Beta waves in the brain. When you close your eyes and relax, Alpha tends to be produced. Theta normally is only produced briefly when you are starting to fall asleep. Delta is normally produced when you are asleep.

When you have brain irregularities caused by injury, your brain may have too much frontal theta or delta being produced when you are supposed to be awake and alert. By re-training these abnormal patterns in the affected areas symptoms and disorders are often improved or eliminated.

How long does the training take?
Sessions are usually one to three times per week, but each person is different. Some receive benefit almost immediately while others may need a series of sessions to stabilize their brainwave activity. The number of sessions depends on the type of problem, the age of the person, and many other factors. Typically ADD requires about 20-30 sessions. Application for alcoholism takes 30 to 40 sessions.
How can I expect to feel after a session?

Depending on what frequency is being trained, clients generally report feeling more relaxed and focused after their sessions.

Will the training last, or is it temporary?

The type of neurofeedback training we offer here is permanent. Neurofeedback helps to improve functions such as concentration, short-term memory, speech, motor skills, sleep, energy level, and emotional balance.

Can neurofeedback help with ADD and ADHD?

Recent research suggests that individuals with ADD/ADHD tend to have elevated theta brainwave activity and low levels of beta brainwave activity. Symptoms of ADD/ADHD are usually reduced when brainwave activity is changed. Neurofeedback is commonly used as an adjunct or alternative treatment to medication and behavior management.

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