Frequently asked questions. If you can’t find your answer in our FAQ you can always give us a call at (757) 873-4131
Adjustment, also known as manipulation, is the minor movement of vertebrae. Over time, the spine tends to shift out of place. Whether it’s a result of daily activity or severe trauma, it creates a disruption. Until the vertebrae return to their intended alignment, the body won’t function at 100%.
The adjustment is what returns displaced vertebrae to its rightful position. Pressure is applied by hand or with a chiropractic instrument to facilitate the necessary movement. Adjustments are a relatively quick procedure.
Subluxation describes misaligned vertebrae — usually caused by impact. Pressure on the nerves, blood vessels and surrounding areas interrupt messages in transit from the brain. The body cannot properly complete tasks with limited instruction.
This is referred to as joint cavitation — the same thing that happens when cracking your knuckles. It’s the release of gases from the joint, such as oxygen and nitrogen. Now you know! Please note, we do not recommend adjusting any part of your body yourself. If you are experiencing discomfort, please come in for a consultation to have it professionally assessed and adjusted.
Absolutely. We get this question frequently. The short explanation is that the brain perceives things differently than you’d think. Nerves are responsible for controlling specific parts of the body. When a nerve experiences pressure, it interrupts the conversations between the brain and the body part. The brain sounds the alarm by triggering pain in the body part at risk.
That’s why a neck condition can cause symptoms like shoulder pain, upper arm pain, muscle weakness, and sensations of pins and needles in the arm, hands and fingers, without ever feeling it in your neck.
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective method for achieving overall wellness. To learn more visit:
- Chiropractic Is Safe
- The American Chiropractic Association
- The Chiropractic Resource Organization
- Chiropractic History Archive
- Chiropractic in the United States: Training, Practice, and Research (1997)
- Chiropractic treatments for back pain
- Dynamic Chiropractic Online
- National Directory of Chiropractic
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- The Future of Chiropractic Revisited: 2005 to 2015
- Olympic Games Inspire Optimal Athletic Care
- Planet Chiropractic
- Spine Health