FAQs

What conditions can chiropractic treat?

Chiropractic can relieve pain related to the neck, back, shoulder, arm, hand, hip, leg and foot pain.
Conditions such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, frozen shoulder, muscle spasms, sciatica, numbness and tingling of the extremities, plantar fascitis, sprain or strains, and tennis elbow can be relieved by chiropractic treatment.


If I have had neck or back surgery is it safe for me to receive chiropractic treatment?

Yes. The mechanics of your body change when you have surgery on your neck or back. Chiropractic treatment is important to keep your joints moving properly to prevent injury to other areas of your spine. Depending on the type of surgery, treatment is usually administered to the joints surrounding the surgical site.


Once I begin chiropractic treatment will I have to be treated forever?

There is no evidence that patients become addicted or dependent on chiropractic treatment. Most patients find it beneficial to have regular chiropractic treatment because they feel so great after an adjustment. We will determine if chiropractic care can treat your condition by learning your health history, performing a physical examination and possibly x-rays. If we determine that chiropractic can benefit you, we will then estimate a recommended treatment period. Every case is different and each patient’s response time varies.


Can children receive chiropractic care?

Absolutely! Children and infants benefit from chiropractic care. Because a child’s body is constantly growing and developing, it is important to keep their joints moving properly. Treatment can prevent postural problems that begin early in life.  Children tend to respond more quickly and require less treatment than do adults.


Can chiropractic help children with ear infections, colic, asthma, sleeping trouble and bedwetting?

Children are more prone to these conditions because their bodies are young and have not had the chance to build up their musculoskeletal and immune systems. Because chiropractic treatment allows these systems to function at their best, it is important to have your child treated to fight these common childhood conditions.


Does chiropractic treatment hurt?

Chiropractic treatment rarely hurts and usually provides instant relief. Some patients experience some discomfort when beginning treatment, but it shortly subsides and they become pain free.


What methods are utilized?

Dr. Nelson uses a diverse array of techniques because each patient’s response varies. On your first visit, you will receive a thorough exam that includes a biomechanical evaluation.  This may consist of gait analysis, posture analysis and range of motion analysis. The information collected from the exam determines the type of treatment administered. The McKenzie Method, Motion Palpation, Diversified, Thompson and Gonstead techniques are used. In addition, she uses trigger point therapy,  myofascial release therapy and therapeutic stretching to speed up healing.


Why should I get adjusted during pregnancy and is it safe?

Our chiropractors have been trained to work with pregnant women. They use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. During pregnancy, there are several physiological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby such as a protruding abdomen and increased back curve, pelvic changes, and postural adaptations. When the pelvis is not moving properly, it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A dysfunctional pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.


What is the Webster Technique for breech baby presentation?

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Both of our Doctors of Chiropractic are trained in the Webster Technique.


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