Q: When will I see results?
A: Every individual heals at a different rate. The problem that brought you in developed over a period of time, and healing will also take time. How quickly you feel better depends on how severe your issue is and how long it has been in place, as well as your overall state of health. The first two weeks of care are the most important because sometimes you have to tear something down to build it back stronger. Typically, we do see noticeable improvement within the first 2-4 weeks of care.
Q: When do I have to come back?
A:Typically, we do like to see you more often within the first few weeks of care. We have found that more frequent visits at the start of treatment is the most effective way to change the pattern your body has developed. As your muscles, ligaments and tendons heal, the bones tend to stay in proper position and we will need to see you less. We will continually modify your progress and adjust your visit frequency accordingly.
Q: Does the adjustment hurt?
A: The adjustment can sometimes cause some minor discomfort in the area that is irritated or misaligned, but it shouldn’t ever be a painful experience. Most of this discomfort will last less and less time with each adjustment as the body begins to “hold the adjustment”” longer and longer between visits. That is why multiple visits are scheduled close together initially to “build” on each treatment.
Q: How does chiropractic adjustment work?
A: This is a very complicated question to answer from the physiological view. To keep things as simple as possible, we Chiropractors explain the principle as a garden hose. Consider the hose to be a nerve and the water flowing through the hose as nerve impulses. When the hose is laid out straight without any kinks, water is allowed to flow freely and uninhibited through the hose. If on the other hand we kink or park a car on the hose, water flow is reduced or even stops flowing through the hose. If this condition persists long enough, eventually, the hose will become damaged (pain). By performing the adjustment early on, we remove the kink, allow for free water flow and begin to make plans to save the hose from further damage.
Q: What will the adjustment be like?
A:We use a combination of drop table technique and manual adjustment technique and it is effective for most chiropractic cases despite pre-existing conditions that may respond better to a low force adjustment. With the drop table adjustment, most of the “cracking and popping noises” will be unnoticed as they are absorbed by the table. Drop table technique also includes minimal “twisting” of the neck and lower back.
Dr. Misty Green is a local Chiropractor serving the Cape Coral/North Fort Myers, Florida area for over 20 years. She can be reached at (239) 772-5777 to schedule an appointment. Check out our website at AskDrMisty.com for short and sweet video health tips.
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