Chiropractic Facts and Questions
Below is a list of common questions regarding a chiropractic clinic and our practices. Beneath the FAQ’s is a section where you can ask a question on the page and receive an answer!
- What is chiropractic?
- Once I see a chiropractor, do I have to go for the rest of my life?
- How Much Will It Cost?
- What is a “subluxation” and how do I know if I have one?
- Do chiropractors treat conditions other than back pain?
- Does Chiropractic Hurt? Is it Safe?
- How does chiropractic care help pregnant women?
- Ask A Question of Your Own!
Chiropractic is a 100-year-old practice that uses non-invasive means to restore and improve health. Its tools include manipulation of the joints and surrounding tissue — including muscles, tendons, and nerves — to treat neck and back pain , joint pain, headache, muscle aches, and other health problems.
No. The extent to which you choose to benefit from your St Paul Minnesota Chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. You are the only person who can make decisions about the quality of your health & well-being. However, we do strongly urge all of our clients to consider regular St Paul MN Chiropractic care. The long-term, lasting benefits of Minneapolis MN Chiropractic care are well documented. Just as you would regularly visit the dentist for your oral health, we recommend that you visit your chiropractor on a regular basis to maintain your spinal health.
Costs vary and generally depend on the number of treatments required to effectively treat your condition. A number of studies have shown that Minneapolis Chiropractic care is extremely cost effective when compared to other “medical” forms of care for similar conditions. Many health benefit plans also cover chiropractic care. We are providers for: Medica, HealthPartners, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medicare, Preferred One, Select Care, VA and others. If you do not see your plan listed, please contact our office as we may be participating providers through a differently named PPO.
A subluxation is a misalignment of the bones that house and protect the spinal cord. Any misalignment puts unnecessary pressure on the nerve system and damages the nerve supply to different parts of the body. Vertebral subluxations that are left undetected and unadjusted for many years can lead to symptoms of pain, diseases, and an unhealthy expression of life.
It’s not easy to know when you have a subluxation, although a pain of some kind can be an indication. Abnormal posture including one shoulder higher than the other, hips not level or a head forward past the shoulders can also be indicative of a subluxation. Often, the nerves that are negatively affected because of the misalignment in the spine do not carry pain signals. This means that you can suffer from subluxations for years without any painful warning signs. However, allowing subluxations to exist in your body can negatively impact the functions of the organs in your body, which leads to a deterioration of your health. A chiropractor can detect the subluxations with their highly trained hands, and correct them effectively.
Chiropractors provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders and not just back and neck ailments. This includes conditions of the joints of the extremities like the ankle, knee and shoulder. What you may not be aware of is chiropractic’s success in treating a number of non-soft tissue conditions like dysmenorrhea (painful menses), ulcers, migraine headaches, and ear infections in children. While we cannot claim to cure these conditions, we believe that many of these problems can be mimicked, aggravated and some times caused by disruptions in the nervous system as a result of spinal abnormalities. By correcting these spinal abnormalities like the vertebral subluxation, chiropractic has helped thousands of individuals overcome these conditions and regain control of their lives.
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds.
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one
Pregnancy places additional weight and stress on women’s bodies. Chiropractic treatment can help relieve pregnancy-related low back, leg and shoulder blade pain. It may also reduce incidences of headache and nausea. Ask your chiropractor how much experience he or she has in treating pregnant women.
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