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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

---Marcus Aurelius

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What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.

What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve low back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and infantile colic.
 
Does Chiropractic hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds.
 
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one.
 
What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.
 
Have any studies been published showing what chiropractic is effective for?
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving back pain. More recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic and migraine headaches.
 
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. His two main concerns will be one, what the problem is what's wrong; and two how chiropractic care can help you. Your chiropractor will want to know your recent history of any traumatic injuries or accidents. If you have been in a car accident or have sustained a work related injury be sure and let the doctor know. The doctor will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.

A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your DC's clinical judgement, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.
 
What other services do you offer besides chiropractic?
Our office offers a variety of alternative health treatments, including massage, physiotherapy, anti-aging counseling, sports specific exercise programs, custom orthotics, homeopathic formulas, herbal medicine, and nutritional consulting.
 
How does acupuncture work? What are some of the benefits?
A recent study from Mayo Clinic showing that acupuncture reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia has brought more awareness to its benefits. Acupuncture is a treatment method that has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Acupuncture treats disease through the application of fine, thin needles applied in specific locations known as acupoints corresponding with the body's energy paths, which directly affect related organs.

Evaluating the Benefits: Western scientists theorize that acupuncture stimulates the production of immune-system cells and painkilling "feel-good" endorphins, similar to the immune system and neuroendocrine changes seen in vigorous exercise, such as long distance running. Studies also suggest that acupuncture alters the release pattern of brain chemicals such as neurotransmitters and neurohormones. These chemicals, in turn, affect the central nervous system, reducing pain and improving wellbeing.

The National Institutes of Health is currently sponsoring approximately 50 trials in the recruitment stage that will examine acupuncture in the treatment of hypertension, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, depression, and other conditions. To date improvement has been seen in fibromyalgia, migraines and headaches, obesity and chronic pain syndromes.
 
What is "whiplash?"
It is common for someone who has been involved in a rear-end car accident to complain of aches and pains in and around their neck. In many cases, the pain is caused by a "whiplash-like" movement of the neck as a result of the sudden impact of a collision.

The whiplash motion starts at the time of impact, with the head being thrown backwards while the body goes forwards. This movement is known as hyperextension because the muscles and ligaments of the joint get excessively straightened, often suffering damage. This often leads to loss of the cervcial curve known as "hypolordosis."

The head may then get thrown forwards, typically if brakes have been applied harshly or the car has come to a sudden stop against another vehicle. This forwards movement is called hyperflexion and the neck joint over-bends, sometimes causing the chin to touch the chest. This can cause further damage to the neck.

It takes a very short amount of time for a whiplash injury to occur in a car accident. Some studies have shown the processes of hyperextension and hyperflexion occur in approximately 1/10th of a second and are followed just 1/10th of a second later by a return to the typical neck position. It has been discovered that even in a low speed car accident of 8 mph, the head will move up to 18 inches in an extremely short period.

During the accident, the energy that comes from the changing velocity of the cars (with the striking car decelerating and the struck car accelerating) is transferred into the bodies of the occupants. This force creates the very fast movement with which we associate a whiplash-type injury.

Typically, it is rare for bones in the neck to be damaged when a whiplash movement occurs. It is normally the neck muscles, joints and ligaments which suffer the effects of the whiplash-type injury and cause discomfort. This is known as soft tissue damage.

Numerous research studies have demonstrated that whiplash is an acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck. These type injuries can occur from rear end or side-impact motor vehicle collisions. The trauma and tranfer of force from vehicles colliding or coming to a sudden stop create impact that may result in bony or soft-tissue injuries (whiplash injury); which often results in a variety of clinical findings which have come to be known as: "Whiplash-Associated Disorders."

Whiplash-Associated Disorders can include a whole range of symptoms, including but not limited to: neck and back pain, headaches, restricted neck movement, upper back and shoulder pain, tingling or heaviness in the arms, dizziness, tinnitus, and temporomandibular (T.M.J.) disorders.