Frequently Asked Questions

Please use the information below to get answers to many questions we commonly receive at Egbert Chiropractic. If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

How can chiropractic help me?

By working with you and your other health care professional, chiropractic can assist in maintaining your spine's proper alignment. All our organs are under some type of neurological (nerve) control, so it should make sense that if nerve impulses don't get to the organ, its function is compromised.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is the gentle correction of a subluxation through manual effort or with a device to relieve the pressure on your nerves. This normalizes proper function and optimizes your health.

What are the main causes of subluxations?

Subluxations are caused by physical traumas like slips, falls, whiplash, repetitive motions, bad posture, backpacks, and birth traumas such as delivery, forceps, and suction. They're also caused by emotional stress such as grief, anger, fear, and depression. Subluxations can also be caused by chemical imbalances such as increased alcohol use, drugs, environmental issues, and poor diet.

Can I adjust myself?

No. While some people can make their joints "pop," they have not made a chiropractic adjustment on themselves. This self-manipulation of joints can potentially cause damage if you suffer from weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are very specific and require the skill of a professionally trained doctor of chiropractic to administer safely. Even your own chiropractor must consult with a colleague to personally benefit from the effects of chiropractic care.

What if I do not respond to chiropractic treatments?

A thorough consultation and examination are necessary to determine if chiropractic can help your unique condition. If it's determined that chiropractic care cannot help you, you may be referred to another specialist who is able to help. Your health and happiness are always our primary goal.

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.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. However, you must be careful with the type of adjustment you are getting. Instrument adjusting is the safest technique in our opinion for post surgical cases. We can be precise when we adjust with intruments.

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

Any time is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments help with pregnancy discomforts, like sciatica, improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Also, certain chiropractic techniques can be used to help properly position the baby for delivery. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age and condition of health.

Is chiropractic safe?

Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other healthcare professionals. Chiropractors' malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove any interference (misaligned vertebrae, aka subluxations) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

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.

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