Macon Chiropractor Answering FAQs
What Is Chiropractic?
When the nervous system is impaired through illness, injury or stress, it can cause tissues and organs throughout the body to function poorly. Doctors call this degenerative chain reaction the vertebral subluxation complex.
With chiropractic’s hands-on, drug-free health care approach, millions have found a healthier lifestyle through diet, exercise and maintaining proper spinal function. The objective of chiropractic care is to enhance the natural healing abilities of the body by correcting a malfunction of the spine. If you are in pain, remember those five dangerous words: ”Maybe it will go away!”
Can Chiropractic Help Me?
Injury, stress or chronic pain most often are the reasons people seek chiropractic care. Because chiropractic treats the underlying causes of these problems rather than just relieving symptoms, your body’s natural healing processes work for you.
Dr. Phillips is highly trained in identifying and evaluating functional problems associated with the spinal column, and skilled in restoring proper spinal biomechanics and nerve function. With a program of regular spinal maintenance, many patients recover a degree of health and vigor greater than they enjoyed before their problem occurred.
What Is an Adjustment?
When performing an adjustment, your doctor applies precisely directed force to a joint that is “locked up” or not moving properly. Restoring normal motion to joints can allow bone to gradually return to a more proper position and your body to function as it should. This safe, natural approach to removing interferences with spinal and nervous system function can improve your overall health.
Generally, a chiropractic adjustment does not hurt – although there may be some short-term discomfort, which quickly passes for most patients. You will normally find that follow-up treatments are much more pleasant as your symptoms improve and you become more at ease with your doctor.
How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?
Each patient is unique. Long-standing or neglected problems may require ongoing care to restore and maintain good spinal health. The truth is, you wouldn’t expect just one of the 20 pills of any prescription to produce a cure, so you shouldn’t expect only one adjustment to do that either. Healing takes time.
While some patients seek chiropractic care only when pain is unbearable, this “crisis” approach is often time-consuming, costly and uncomfortable. Most patients find that the best results come from a regular individual care program and periodic chiropractic checkups.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. Chiropractic doctors are trained to practice and perform hundreds to thousands of adjustments before delivering them to a patient. To become a doctor of chiropractic, the candidate must first pass the demanding National Board Examination. Then, to apply for a professional license, the doctor must pass an even more rigorous test before winning the privilege to practice.
Guided by a thorough case history and examination, your doctor will evaluate your individual needs and determine a course of treatment. This conservative, natural approach to better health avoids the dangers associated with invasive procedures and addictive drugs.
Do Chiropractors Use X-Rays?
Any decision to take X-rays will be made in consultation with you. At all times, your chiropractor will weigh the risks against the benefits and will advise you accordingly. Some circumstances where an X-ray may be necessary are recent injuries, bone structure that may have been altered over time, unusual examination of the spine or the patient’s history of serious diseases.
Do I Have a Pinched Nerve?
Most patients have heard the term “pinched nerve,” and some may even know that it’s associated with pain, numbness, burning or a “pins and needles” feeling. In truth, the compression lesion or pinched nerve is rare, causing only 10 to 15 percent of spine-related problems. Your doctor can determine the cause of your pain and the extent of your problem.
Do I Have a Slipped Disc?
Because each disc is attached to the vertebrae both above and below, there is no way for them to actually “slip” out of place. But trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to tear, bulge, herniate or even rupture. The resulting pressure on surrounding nerve tissues can be intensely painful. Each case is different, but many patients have found relief in chiropractic care, and are happy to avoid surgery or dependency on pain medication.
How Does the Adjustment Work?
To illustrate this principle, imagine a garden hose as a nerve and the water flowing through the hose a nerve impulse. When the hose is laid out straight without any kinks, water flows freely. If, on the other hand, the hose gets compressed or kinked, water flow is reduced or even stops. If this condition persists, eventually the hose becomes damaged.
Like removing the kink from the hose, a spinal adjustment can ease pressure on a nerve, allowing nerve impulses to flow and protect the nerve from further damage.
Is There a Way I Can Speed the Healing Process?
There are several things you can do to give yourself the best chance for a speedy recovery. Your doctor will teach you proper sitting and lifting postures. Specific exercises to strengthen and retrain the muscles supporting your spine also may be recommended.
While you are healing, get as much rest as your body needs, but avoid sleeping on your stomach. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. If you are overweight, this is the best time to reduce stress to your spine by taking off extra pounds.
Most important of all, keep all your appointments and follow your doctor’s recommendations for the best results.
What Ages Benefit From Chiropractic Care?
All ages can enjoy healthier living through chiropractic care. For seniors, improved spinal function can mean better mobility, endurance, appetite and can improve many age-related ailments. Children and even infants can also benefit. Because spinal trauma can occur at birth, and later childhood activities also may cause spinal problems, most parents prefer to have their children checked regularly.
When the body is changing through growth or through aging, maintaining good spinal and nervous system health is especially important.
For all ages, the safe, natural chiropractic approach to health maintenance makes sense.
What Are Some Conditions Chiropractic Can Help?
Low back pain – The leading cause of disability for Americans under the age of 45 is back pain. Chiropractors provide safe and drug-free treatment for acute low back pain. Many people prefer this treatment over pain killers, muscle relaxers or surgery for relief of pain.
Headaches – It’s estimated that 25 percent of the population have headaches at any given time. Many things can trigger headaches, such as allergies, toxic fumes, physical or mental stress, or bright lights. Another commonly overlooked cause of headaches is misaligned spinal bones in the neck and upper back. A chiropractor is trained and experienced in finding causes behind headaches, and in relieving the immediate pain.
Neck pain – Neck problems will often impair your health if they are not corrected, even though most are not life threatening. A lot of neck pain that people experience is the result of damaged or irritated nerves from misaligned vertebra. A chiropractor treats neck pain by locating the source of the problem and correcting it without surgery or medication. Once the source of the problem has been corrected, the body can heal naturally without nerve interference.
Leg pain and sciatica – Your leg pain could be coming from an underlying problem in your back! Sciatica is severe pain in the leg resulting from compression, irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. It usually originates in the lumbar region of the spine. Chiropractic treatment of sciatica involves locating the source of the irritation and relieving the pressure causing the pain.
Stress – Studies reveal stress is the major factor in 75 percent of all human illness! Chiropractic’s natural approach to relieving stress involves locating and correcting any interference to your body’s state of good health. If bones in the spine deviate from their normal position and motion, it can limit your ability to react to other stresses you encounter. This creates a condition called subluxation. Your chiropractor can rule out or treat vertebral subluxations, if they are found.