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There’s a good chance you’re unhappy if you’re reading this.
Either you’re in pain, discouraged, or just flat out tired.
Good news! You came to the right place.
Bad news… you have to do something new.
To most people, it’s not fun starting something new. Whether it’s going to a new place or fulfilling a new commitment, it’s very common to have a lot of questions you just can’t seem to find an answer for. And quick Google searches won’t bear you any quick results.
Chiropractic is no exception. The general understanding of chiropractic is laid out below:
Chiropractors pop your back and neck.
Somehow this stops your back pain.
While those aren’t necessarily WRONG statements, they also aren’t completely right. Chiropractic actually does so much more and is actually considerably more complicated. It’s so complicated, in fact, that it’s simple. Keep reading to find out what we mean.
If you’re a human being, you probably like to know what you’re getting into before you get into it. And if you are on this page, you are probably seriously considering chiropractic care. If you haven’t already guessed, the purpose of this writing is to sum up what chiropractic is, how it works, and what to expect throughout your care from Day 1 to Day 10,000.
***NOTE: The odds of you seeing a chiropractor 10,000 times is super slim, don’t worry.***
Your path to wellness begins when you finish reading this article. You can either take the first step and begin your journey, or you can delay the process. Everyone has a path to walk down in order to be well, and the longer you wait to start walking that path, the longer the path becomes.
If the Chiropractic Office you choose has a process similar to ours, this is how it will go:
Beginning care will start with contacting a Chiropractor’s office to schedule your first appointment. Sometimes you can be seen the same day, and sometimes there is a waiting list (up to a year long!), it all depends on the situation. Once you make initial contact,, they will probably email you some paperwork to print, fill out, and bring with you to your first appointment. This is done to reduce time spent in the office so you can go about your life as quickly as possible.
When you arrive to your scheduled appointment, any additional clerical/administrative work will be taken care of prior to seeing the doctor.
You will then be taken into an exam room where the doctor will introduce them-self and discuss your concerns, goals, and issues that you would like to address. When the doctor understands the situation, should you decide to proceed, you will receive a detailed examination and computerized scans of your nervous system function.
If X-Rays are needed, as they often are, they will be taken at a separate appointment. This keeps your time in the office at a minimum and keeps the office functioning its best to provide you the best service.
The doctor will take all of the information they have gathered and come up with a care plan for you that will get you to your goal. You will discuss this care plan with the doctor at a separate appointment time and ask any questions you have. After you are confident to move forward, you will receive your first adjustment! How exciting!
From that point on you will be in the office for less than 15 minutes at a time for the doctor to examine your progress and make any adjustments needed.
Your personal health situation, as well as your goals, will determine the number and frequency of visits. (We address that a little bit more here.)
Depending on your situation when you first walked into the office, you may need to be seen anywhere from 24 to 240 times in the first year of care...
Which leads into our more technical section. (If you want even more technical detail, check out this post.)
Chiropractic is best summed up with 4 core principles:
Your brain is the master controller of your body.
Your brain communicates with your body through nerves.
If there is interference with messages being sent through nerves, then ill health will be the result.
Chiropractors’ jobs are to put that system back in order.
You are probably wondering, “How can a chiropractor work with the nervous system? They don’t do surgery..”
While that is true, you don’t necessarily need surgery to interact with the nervous system. All of the nerves in the body run through the spinal cord and pass through the very first vertebra underneath the skull, called C1.
If a vertebra in your spine is misaligned it can prevent a signal, sent by the brain, from passing through the nearby nerves. This misalignment is called a subluxation.
Basically, a subluxation is what the chiropractor addresses. The doctor doesn’t fix your back, they simply remove the subluxation, allowing your nerves to carry messages the way they should and empowering your body to function the way it should.
When your brain knows what is going on in your body and can communicate clearly and quickly, your body is able to heal itself.
While chiropractic is very complex, you don’t need a doctorate to understand the essence of the practice, and you definitely don’t need a degree to experience the vast improvement in your health.
improvement in your health.