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What is an adjustment?

When the 24 bones that protect the spinal cord lose their normal position or motion, delicate nerve tissue can become choked or irritated. If a thorough examination reveals malfunctioning areas of the spine, chiropractic adjustments are recommended to help correct this condition.

A chiropractic adjustment is the use of a specific force in precise directions, applied to a joint that is fixated, "locked up", or not moving properly. Adjustments help return bones to a more normal position or motion, relieving pain and ill health. There are many ways to adjust the spine.

Our chiropractors use their hands or a specially designed instrument (Activator) to deliver a brief and highly accurate thrust. After years of training, they are knowledgeable in a variety of treatment methods and skilled in their delivery. Regardless of the technique used, each chiropractic adjustment is tailored to the patient's age, size and unique spinal problem.

Adjustments help normalize spinal function and avoid bone and soft tissue degeneration. When nervous system function improves in this way, the body can begin the natural healing process.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

Our chiropractors evaluate each patient's unique spinal problem and develop an individual course of care. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience.

Some patients who complain of headaches may actually have a cervical or thoracic problem that is causing a compensation reaction at the base of the skull. Other patients may be experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers, when the actual problem is in the neck. Every patient presents a uniquely different spinal pattern.

Patients notice that their chiropractic care is delivered with confidence and precision. Each visit builds on the one before. And while visits may seem similar, each patient's care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Can I adjust myself?

Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust yourself.

It is possible to turn, bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound, like the sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unsteady.

The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a Doctor of Chiropractic. Even our doctors must seek out the services of another colleague to help restore and maintain their proper spinal function!

Do I have a slipped disc?

Technically, a disc can't "slip." The intervertebral disc is a pad of cartilage-type material situated between spinal bones. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer and shock absorber for the spine. Outer layers of fibrous tissue contain a soft, jellylike center. Healthy discs help allow normal turning and bending.

Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below, a disc cannot "slip." However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to tear, bulge, or herniate/rupture. This can be quite painful, as the soft center of the disc leaks, putting pressure on the adjacent nerve roots and spinal cord.

While results cannot be guaranteed, many of our patients have avoided needless surgery or dependency on medication, by choosing chiropractic care for their disc-related health problem. We treat patients with a customized plan that includes chiropractic care, physical therapy, exercise therapy and soft tissue work for the best results.

Am I too old for chiropractic care?

More and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. Our chiropractors use low force techniques such as the activator, soft tissue techniques, physiological therapeutics and exercise when needed to treat our elderly patients.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage and degenerative changes to the spine. We offer a variety of treatment options.

Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in the best shape. Individuals who are active, have stressful jobs or want to be their very best, find that a regular schedule of preventive care is helpful in maintaining good health. Structure dictates function - a structurally sound spine will function more normally.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of "crisis management" is usually more costly and time-consuming, how long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is up to you. We will never pressure you to sign up for multiple visits or treatments.

Can I be adjusted if I am pregnant?  How soon after delivery can I be adjusted?

Chiropractic is an important part of a pregnant woman’s care. All our chiropractors are trained to treat a pregnant woman’s changing body and postural concerns. We offer the Webster Technique, which is specifically effective in dealing with breech positions, and our tables adjust to accommodate a pregnant woman’s abdomen. We also provide patients with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, and women can also be adjusted after delivery.

When can I take my baby to the chiropractor?

Chiropractic is safe for newborn babies. We use only slight pressure to make adjustments to babies due to their supple spines. Pediatric conditions that we treat include colic, earaches, torticollis (stiff neck) and persistent crying

What is the Activator?

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a chiropractic treatment method and device created by Dr. Arlan W. Fuhr as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine and extremities.

The activator is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument which delivers a small impulse to the spine or joint.

All of the chiropractors at Schubbe Resch use the Activator Technique. We would typically use the activator to adjust the following types of patients:

  • Patients with osteoporosis
  • Post-surgical cases
  • Infants
  • Patients who prefer low force techniques
  • Patients with acute injuries
  • Patients with extremity injuries

Can I receive chiropractic care after back surgery? How soon?

Yes. Rest assured that our chiropractors will avoid the surgically modified area of your spine. Surgery often causes compensatory changes above and below the involved areas. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care. It's important to rehabilitate the spine following surgery. The fact that you had surgery indicates there was a weakened area. In order to reduce the risk of having additional surgeries, it is important to strengthen the weakened area of the spine through proper rehabilitation which may include manipulation, exercise therapy, physical therapy and more.

Most post-surgical patients can receive chiropractic care to non-surgical areas any time after surgery. The timing of post surgical adjustments varies depending on the nature and extent of the procedure. Chiropractic adjustment to the area where surgery was performed typically is three to six months post operation. If in question, our chiropractors will discuss the timing of chiropractic care with your surgeon.

I just received an epidural injection for my condition.  Can I still come to the chiropractor?

Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment for many forms of low back, cervical, upper extremity and leg pain. They have been used for low back problems since 1952 and are still an integral part of the non-surgical management of pain. The goal of the injection is pain relief; at times the injection alone is sufficient to provide relief, but commonly an epidural steroid injection is used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program to provide additional benefit.
Our doctors and physical therapists can continue your care before and after your epidural injections to bring you the most pain relief.

How soon after a car accident can I receive chiropractic care?

As long as you do not have injuries that require immediate emergency medical care, you should schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors as soon as possible after a car accident. Many people suffer soft tissue and whiplash injuries that are not visible to the naked eye. Left untreated, these injuries usually result in neck or back pain in the weeks or months following the accident.
Our chiropractors will perform a careful examination, check for soft tissue injuries and recommend x-rays if needed.  A treatment plan will be developed to address your specific injuries with the goal of returning you to pre-injury status if possible.

Does your office adjust extremities?

Yes – all of our chiropractors are trained in extremity adjusting. The term extremity rehabilitation refers to treatment of the ribs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet. To evaluate an extremity, we perform an examination that includes muscle testing of the joint stabilizing muscles, orthopedic tests and x-ray examination when necessary. Treatment protocols include chiropractic extremity adjusting, myofascial release (active release technique), Graston technique, low level laser, ultrasound, bracing, taping and specific exercise.

By approaching extremity conditions in a systematic fashion, our clinics have helped hundreds of patients function better with less pain.

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