Below you will find some of the more common questions asked of chiropractors.

What is a subluxation?

While there are many different models of how to best describe the vertebral subluxation complex, the definition remains the same. A subluxation is technically a partial dislocation of a bone (usually a vertebra). However, in chiropractic, we are more concerned about the implications of the subluxation to our overall health and well-being. A vertebral subluxation causes nerve interference in our spinal cord, which can lead to abhorrent nerve impulse delivery. Our number one aim as an office is to locate and remove vertebral subluxations.

Is an adjustment painful?

Occasionally a patient will experience some slight tenderness during an adjustment because they already have some localized soreness. This tenderness can be elicited by an adjustment, but is usually very mild and often not felt at all. The overwhelming majority of our patients describe the adjustment as an immediate sense of relief and relaxation.

Will I hear a noise when I’m being adjusted?

Possibly. The noise (referred to as a cavitation) occasionally occurs during an adjustment. However, the presence or absence of a noise is not necessarily an indication of a successful adjustment. The sound occurs when a difference in pressure is achieved quickly in a joint space (similar to cracking your knuckles.) The noise, in no way, indicates any damage being done to the joint. Some of our techniques are less likely to create a cavitation, but they are equally effective at removing vertebral subluxations.

Can you adjust extremities (arms and legs)?

Yes! Any joint may have a misalignment, and need to be adjusted. We have helped many people with carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder problems, and foot problems just to name a few. We will always start at the spine in order to clear any nervous interference, but we will address extremities as well.

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