A: Acupuncture is a form of healing that was developed many centuries ago. Our body consists of meridians, or pathways that energy circulates in. You can think of these pathways as freeways. When there is a traffic jam, it causes pain, illness, or disorders in the body. By needling specific points in the body, it disperses this traffic jam and restores the body’s natural healthy flow of energy.
A: Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid and hair-thin. Most people feel no pain or a slight pinch as the needles are inserted. Patients who have received medical injections are sometimes fearful that acupuncture will be just as painful. The truth is just the opposite. When acupuncture needles are inserted into the point, the needle produces little to no sensation at all.
A: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. Needles generally cause no bleeding on entry or removal, and one of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects.
A: Cupping therapy helps restore circulation, decrease pain, and detox the body. The heat placed inside the cups, creates a vacuum and the suction effect. The suction opens up the pores and forces stagnant blood to rise to the surface. By bringing the stagnant blood to the surface, new blood is allowed to circulate underneath the area. This results in decreased pain and feeling refreshed.
A: A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific, controlled force in a precise direction that is applied to a spinal joint not moving properly. The purpose of this natural and safe procedure is to correct structural alignment and eliminate interference in the nervous system. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, reduction in pain, and an overall improvement in health and wellness.
A: We provide spinal correction utilizing evidence based, gentle chiropractic techniques only when needed. These newer correction methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. Patients who are not comfortable with being adjusted have nothing to worry about. Active release technique, corrective exercises, and stretching can have a powerful effect on your spine without receiving an adjustment.
A: The noises you hear resembling popping sounds are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air or pressure. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
A: Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. If you’re not comfortable being adjusted or prefer not to, soft tissue therapies such as A.R.T. will be performed instead.
A: Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child's spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children's spine checked by a chiropractor early. Many parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.
A: A.R.T. is a highly systemized form of myofascial release, which is similar to deep tissue massage. The main difference is that lotions are not used, and the patient will be performing active movements while the practitioner presses on specific areas of the body. This technique focuses on restoring function to the fascia and breaking up scar tissue and adhesions. Fascia is the film like substance that covers all of our muscles and connective tissues and gives it structure and support. If you’ve ever cut open chicken, you have seen this filmy white substance.
A: Most chiropractors do not spend much time doing soft tissue work prior to the adjustments. When the muscles are stiff, the patient has a hard time relaxing which can lead to injury. When Active Release Technique is performed prior to an adjustment, the positive effect holds much longer and injuries from an adjustment are minimized.
A: Typically progress is made in steps, not in strides. Although some individuals will see immediate improvement, this is the exception and not the rule. Treatments can last from days to months, as therapeutic progress is a unique experience for each individual. Generally, many individuals experience benefit within the first 3-7 visits and see a decrease in frequency or severity, with improvements in sleep and energy levels, as well as an overall feeling of wellness.