What conditions do Chiropractors treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches, particularly with their highly skilled adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

What can I expect at an appointment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. Gentle spinal adjustments boost your body’s immunity.

Why do children need to be adjusted?

During birth alone the stress on the infant’s spine is quite a lot. This is enough to mis-align the spinal segments. When the segments are misaligned, which is called a “Subluxation,” then the nervous system is compromised resulting in the child not being in optimum health. This can lead to Colic, Ear Aches, Headaches and other ailments. Chiropractors are specifically trained to find and correct subluxations so that the body is able to heal itself.

I have to tell my children to sit up straight a lot, can Chiropractic help?

Dr. South’s method of spine and posture analysis enables him to make corrections using spinal adjustments (both segmental and global) — traction that is designed to adjust your child’s spinal column to an optimum state.  In addition, specialized home exercises help to further train the muscles and nerves.

Why should someone be adjusted after an automobile accident?

The forces that a passenger receives inside the vehicle are dependent on many factors, including the direction of the collision. Did you know it was going to happen, the speeds of the vehicles, etc? However, one thing that is common is that the neck and head – which are not securely fastened – sustain the most injury, followed by the rib cage and then the lower back.

How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the Chiropractor’s years of intensive chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands – or an instrument – to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore and enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Can I tell if I have a subluxation?

Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity– you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age and condition of health.

Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

What is VOM (Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation)?

VOM is a healing technology that exist between veterinary medicine and chiropractic care. It promotes healing by reducing subluxations and reestablishing the neuronal pathways of communication in your animal’s nervous system.

Does VOM work?

VOM has proved hugely successful, but there are times when you may not see improvement. This usually happens when the neurological damage is extensive, significant and permanent, or when the VOM treatment schedule is not followed.

How do you adjust an animal?

Manual adjustment of humans requires relaxation and cooperation – something an animal often has difficulty doing. And an animal’s natural reflexive resistant to adjustment is fast.  To perform an adjustment on your animal, the VOM practitioner uses a hand-held device called a spinal accelerometer – it looks like a spring-loaded doorstop. This device delivers the adjustment safely and effectively, before your animal has time to tense. VOM does not require using motions – torsion, twisting or mass movement – that can potentially injure your animal.

How do you determine where the subluxations are in an animal?

The practitioner performs a diagnostic pass with the spinal accelerometer that identifies areas of subluxation. If significant subluxations are found that correspond to a clinical disease, then a course of VOM treatment will be recommended. In some cases, the practitioner will also recommend blood work, x-rays or other diagnostic tests.

What will happen to my animal after a diagnosis is made?

If you agree to pursue VOM treatment, the practitioner will adjust your animal, then make a therapeutic pass with the spinal accelerometer to note changes. You may see signs of improvement even at this point. After a second adjustment, the practitioner will make a second therapeutic pass and evaluate the readings. Most, if not all, will likely be reduced. A series of 3 or 5 readjustments may be necessary to reach a point where the subluxation pattern is “cured.”

What should be done after VOM is performed on my animal?

Your animal should get a check-up every 4 to 6 months, to watch for signs of recurrence. Bodies can adapt to a marginal level of function and this adaptation becomes part of the body’s pseudo-memory, which, for a period of time, can cause the body to “slip out of adjustment.” Regular readjustments help firmly establish the proper alignment.