Common Chiropractic Questions in Colorado Springs CO

How Does Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractic protects the integrity of the nerve system which gives the body its natural healing ability. When the nervous system is functioning properly every cell, organ, and tissue of your body will function at their optimal potential. The human body is designed to resist and fight disease and illness. The chiropractic lifestyle is about prevention. Chiropractic exams find structural shifts that directly cause nerve obstruction.

I didn’t hear a sound. Does that mean the adjustment didn’t work?

No. Adjustments do not always create a sound. It is a myth that the bones create the sound. The sound that is produced is the result of synovial fluid which acts as a lubricant and is found in all joints throughout the body. Synovial fluid contains dissolved gases and during an adjustment the slight movement causes a release of pressure. This release of pressure is like the pressure that is released when a bottle of soda is opened and just like with soda, a popping sound occurs. The sound itself has nothing to do with effectiveness of the adjustment. What is important is that there was movement and the movement was in the right direction, away from the obstructed nerve.

Can I just adjust myself?

Absolutely not, more damage may be caused by trying to adjust yourself. A chiropractic adjustment is a specific and low force thrust applied in a precise direction to a particular joint(s). If you twist, turn or bend in a particular way then you might produce a similar popping noise but that does not mean that you adjusted yourself. By attempting to adjust, you could aggravate your condition and make the problem worse. Not even the world’s best chiropractor can adjust his or herself.


How safe is chiropractic?

Chiropractic in Colorado Springs is recognized as the safest drug-free, non-invasive forms of care. All research and studies are evidence that chiropractic adjustments have an extremely small risk. This is because chiropractic works using the body’s natural healing ability and doesn’t involve the use of drugs or surgery. The proof lays in the difference a medical doctor pays in malpractice insurance in comparison to a chiropractor.


Is chiropractic safe while I’m pregnant?

YES! You are not only caring for yourself but the life of your child. Pregnancy puts a lot of stress on a woman’s body creating nausea, vomiting, back pain, hip pain, etc. Getting adjusted throughout pregnancy helps alleviate all these symptoms but the benefits don’t stop there. Getting regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy has been shown to reduce labor time by up to 50%. There is also decreased likelihood for the need for drugs during delivery.


Is chiropractic addicting?

No. If it was there probably would be more healthy people in the world. It is likely that people just enjoy being free of pain, getting sick less and unable to remember their last headache. Chiropractic adjustments themselves are not addictive like drugs but being healthy can be.


Should I get my child(ren) adjusted?

If you consider how a child grows in a womb and the birthing process, it is a very physically traumatic experience. In Germany there was a medical study that found 82% of all children are born with structural shifts in their neck. Later, another exam was performed on the same children and it was discovered that 96% of all health conditions in the children were eliminated after the children received chiropractic adjustments. If given the opportunity, most parents will choose to have their children examined for structural shifts. Studies have also found that many health problems that develop in adulthood could potentially be avoided with chiropractic care early in life. Removing nerve obstruction from the body could improve the immune system and decrease or possibly eliminate a child’s chances of being colicky and developing allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD or ear infections.


So what is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a precise low force thrust in an exact direction to remove a structural shift, restore movement and remove nerve obstruction. Chiropractic is the product of hundreds of years of careful research. It is a safe, natural procedure.


What can I expect from chiropractic care?

Depending on what you’re getting treated for can determine what you can expect. If you are compliant with care and follow your doctor’s recommendations then at the very least you can expect to have a better quality of life without drugs or surgery.


How much schooling and training does a chiropractor have?

Believe it or not but it is very likely that you chiropractor has more education than your family physician. There are many similarities to the medical and chiropractic curriculum, but chiropractors focus more on anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and radiology because they do not prescribe medications or perform surgeries. After receiving a bachelor’s degree and graduate from grad school as a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), chiropractors must pass four national board examinations in order to practice. After passing national boards, chiropractors have to apply for a license in the state they practice and often have to take a state board exam. After completing this rigorous process, chiropractors are required to have yearly continuing education in order to keep their license.


Can I get adjusted if I have had back surgery?

Absolutely. It is a sad fact that back surgery only has a 15% success rate and only 50% of spinal fusions are considered successful. Most people need more surgery because the symptoms return within the first year post surgery. Chiropractic can help prevent one back surgery but has to potential to prevent continuous surgeries.


How frequently should I get adjusted?

Since everyone heals at different rates and no two spines are the same, it is difficult to give a generalized answer. Call Powers Chiropractic Group in Colorado Springs and we would be more than happy to put you on a wellness schedule!


Does everyone receive the same adjustment?

At Powers Chiropractic Group we provide personalized care based on what we find during your examination and x-ray findings. Since no two people are the same, no two people are adjusted the same. Also, after every adjustment your body changes slightly so no two adjustments are ever the same.


When will I start to get better?

It is a good rule of thumb that the longer the problem has been there, the longer it is going to take to recover. There are also many other variables to consider such as age, medical history, pre-existing conditions, etc. Children typically heal quicker so it is always good to start care as early as possible. Please keep in mind that lifestyle plays a large role in how quickly your body heals.


Is it really necessary to come back this often?

When a chiropractor is working on restoring the structure of your spine they are doing a lot more than you think. They are combating your lifestyle (diet, posture, stress, etc.) and retraining the musculature that connects and surrounds your spine. Surgery can perform quicker results but there are consequences such as the financial costs, recovery time, anesthesia, medications, etc. Getting chiropractic care is safe, natural and relies on your body to do the healing. So, patience is a virtue.

Our Colorado Springs Chiropractic Team at Powers Chiropractic Group is here to help you.  Please feel free to call us with any questions that you have.

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