Chiropractic, what is it?
Chiropractic is a natural, drug-free approach to health care management that focuses on the structure and function of the spinal column and nervous system and their affect on general health. Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – are licensed primary health care professionals that practice a hands-on approach to health care, which includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of conditions. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractic care is regarded as the safest and most scientifically advanced form of complementary health care and is the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession in the world.
What should I do if I was in an Auto accident?
The average auto accident can age the human spine by 10 years. If you have suffered an automobile accident it is of utmost importance to get to a health care professional and get checked out. Despite popular belief, there is no correlation between amount of vehicle damage and the amount of human injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Often times, even when there is little or no damage to the vehicle, there still may be serious injuries sustained such as whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries. With this in mind, it is critical to get a chiropractic spinal check-up and physical exam as soon as possible as early care offers the best opportunity for optimal healing and recovery. At Inner Balance we offer same day appointments, we will file paperwork for your insurance company and will work with your attorney to ensure you get the care you deserve.
What is an “adjustment”?
The key to chiropractic care is the spinal adjustment. The chiropractic adjustment is the primary tool used to treat subluxations or misaligned vertebrae with the intention of restoring proper alignment, biomechanical function and proper nervous system function. During a typical adjustment the chiropractor will place the patient in specific positions to treat specific areas of your body. Often, you will be positioned lying face down, lying face up, or lying on your side on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor will use his hands to apply a controlled and specific motion to correct the subluxation. There is often a popping sound associated with chiropractic adjustments and are a completely normal and expected phenomenon.
What is a “popping” sound?
Often times with an adjustment an audible “pop” may be heard. This noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint as the adjustment is performed, which results in gas bubbles being released. A joint capsule surrounds most joints and that capsule contains lubricating fluid so that your joints are able to glide smoothly. Not all adjustments can be heard and result in an audible “pop” sound and a “pop” does not indicate a successful treatment. An adjustment can be very therapeutic and provide benefits regardless of the “popping” or no-“popping” sound.
Will the adjustment hurt?
Generally not. If you are especially tight in an area being adjusted the release may be a tad more uncomfortable than others but tends to be followed by a great feeling of relief. We remind patients that this can be very similar to starting a new exercise – the soft tissues may be sore for a day or so due to the new activity.
Will I be sore?
Typically, no. Occasionally after receiving an adjustment patients may experience some local soreness or aching in the muscles or spinal joints and is completely normal. Sometimes these tissues have not moved for years and it takes time to get used to the increased motion. When this does occur it generally tends to appear immediately or within the first few hours following treatment. It rarely lasts longer than 24 – 48 hours (if it does, be sure to contact us for assistance). If you like, you can place an ice pack on the affected area AS DIRECTED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN which can help reduce the soreness and help speed the recovery process.
How long will it take to get me better?
This varies from patient to patient and the degree and type of injury one has sustained. It also depends on your current state of health as people with chronic health difficulties on average heal slower. A major factor in healing time is how well you take care of yourself during the healing process:
- How well do you eat?
- Do you get sufficient sleep each night?
- Do you exercise regularly?
- How efficiently do you manage your stress?
- Do you drink enough water daily?
- Do you maintain a positive mental attitude?
Many other factors are involved that can play a role in how fast patients recover from their injuries, such as previous injuries to the same area and the age of the patient. While this is only a partial list of factors that may affect healing, nevertheless, one can see that the time it takes to heal can vary greatly from one individual to another.
With all this being said the healing process progresses through three (3) phases:
- The first phase is the inflammatory phase and is marked by stretching and tearing of the soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.) that supports the spine. This phase consists of pain, swelling, redness, warmth and decreased range of motion (ROM) and usually last around 72 hours.
- The second phase is knows as the repair and regeneration phase as the body begins to mend the area of injuries. Your body does this naturally by “filling in” the areas of damage with scar tissue in an attempt to stabilize the area. This phase begins following the end of the inflammatory phase, and generally lasts around.
- The third and final phase is knows as the remodeling phase. This important phase may take up to 12 months or longer to complete. The remodeling phase is characterized by the body’s attempt to reorganize the disorganized scar tissue that was laid down during the repair and regeneration phase. In other words, the body is attempting to the make scar tissue come as close in quality to the original tissue as possible. Maximum scar tissue formation is not possible before 12 months and the original strength is not regained for quite some time after. As such, these areas of healed injury are weaker than the original tissue and therefore more predisposed to stiffness, spasm, chronic pain and re-injury. Chiropractic care during all three phases of healing is exceedingly important to facilitate optimal healing of the injured tissues, reduce pain and spasm, and reduce the likelihood of future chronic pain and dysfunction.
Will my insurance cover my care at Inner Balance Institute?
We accept most major insurance companies and can provide a super bill when necessary. We take time to verify each individual plan to know you receive the benefits your insurance company provides.
What does the initial appointment consist of?
The initial exam at Inner Balance Institute is a comprehensive exam with the purpose of evaluating the patient. The initial exam is comprised of a patient interview, postural and gait analysis, physical exam, digital nerve scans, and digital x-rays.