Around the office we have some very curious patients who ask some very intelligent questions. In our previous blog post, we started a compilation of some of the best questions and our answers. Here are more chiropractic FAQs:
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. 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. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
What if I feel fine?
It is important to understand that being free of symptoms does not mean that you are healthy. Symptoms are the effect of the problem and not the problem itself. Symptoms typically surface well after dysfunction has begun. Maintaining a healthy functioning nervous system through proper alignment ensures that your body will be functioning optimally even without the warning signs of symptoms. Take control of your health, and don’t wait for symptoms to appear before taking action.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover they are worse after surgery or their original symptoms return months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional dangerous surgery or drugs. This is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?
No. However, it is successful with a very wide variety of health problems not necessarily considered “back” problems. Chiropractic improves nervous-system function through adjustments. With a normal nerve supply, the body’s natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health problems. Remember, chiropractic is based on the fact that every cell, tissue, and organ in the body is controlled by the nervous system. Even in cases where the body cannot completely heal, the patient is always better off without the devastating effects of subluxations.
What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Chiropractors base their care on the detection, correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spine, to improve nerve system functions, and to reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths use drugs, surgery, and other traditional medical therapies and only use manipulative procedures to increase joint flexibility.
If you’re interested in beginning or resuming chiropractic care, please contact our Roanoke, Virginia office.
Dr. Daryl Rich, DC, CSCS