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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Should everyone be checked for a misalignment?
A. Yes. Checking the nervous system’s performance to uncover and remove problems can help prevent many conditions from developing. This care is not only corrective, but also preventative and beneficial for all ages.
Q. How can I tell if I need an adjustment?
A. Some people are able to check their posture themselves and see a visible difference when they are imbalanced; however, the only sure way is to have your chiropractor check you for measurable neurological and physical signs.
Q. Should the chiropractor still check my alignment after my symptoms improve?
A. Yes. The procedure used in this office is preventative and not only intended for relief of your symptoms. However, the longer you hold your alignment and do not need an adjustment, the less often you will be seen in our office.
Q. Why do some patients take longer to heal than others?
A. Some misalignments are complex and can require months to correct. Other misalignments are relatively easy to reduce. Factors such as the length of time you have had your problem, the number of falls, auto accidents, etc., can contribute to the healing time. Healing is broken into two parts: the first is the shorter period of getting your body balanced, the second is maintaining balance and only coming in to check the integrity of your alignment.
Q. Why is time required to obtain results?
A. Most misalignments have existed for years causing harm to the nervous system and its control of the body functions. When the misalignment is corrected by the adjustment, repair of the damage caused must take place before you recover. Repair of this tissue takes time. Just as it is a gradual process to get sick so it is a gradual process to heal.
Q. How long will it take for me to get well?
A. Recovery is dependent upon:
-The length of time your body has been misaligned.
-The extent of damage to your nerves.
-The degree of correction obtained.
-The active care you as a patient take in following the recommended care plan of the chiropractor.
Q. How does the chiropractor determine if I am making progress?
A. Progress is determined by checking your neck temperature, postural balancing, hip level, leg length and relaxation of your spinal muscles.
Q. Why is an adjustment not given on the basis of how I feel?
A. When a correction is made the nervous system may become more sensitive, making you more aware of your body’s dysfunction. This is part of the healing process and is usually quite temporary. Adjustments are given only when the nervous system exhibits leg length disparity, postural and atlas temperature imbalance or when x-ray measurements so indicate.
Q. Why am I adjusted in the neck when my dysfunction or pain is elsewhere?
A. The atlas vertebra encompasses the bottom portion of the brain, which when balanced allows proper neurological function, and when misaligned impedes neurological function within the body. The atlas is unique from other vertebrae in that it does not have any attached discs, nor interlocking joints thereby when it moves in a specific direction, the body must compensate accordingly.
Q. Do I get adjusted each visit?
A. If no neurological or structural dysfunction is found during an examination, then an adjustment should not be given even if you are experiencing symptoms.
Q. If I get adjusted more frequently, will it speed up my recovery?
A. No. The body needs a minimum of three days between adjustments to accommodate for the changes that are being made.
Q. Is it possible to feel fine, yet have a misalignment causing interference within my nervous system?
A. Yes. Just as you can have a cavity in your tooth and not feel it or have cancer and not know it, you can also have a misalignment and not be aware of it. The body does its best to camouflage symptoms which usually only surface when the problem becomes severe.
Q. Does an aligned spine promote healing?
A. The body has an inherent ability to heal itself if it is working normally under the control of a healthy functioning nervous system. The adjustment restores the subluxated/ misaligned vertebrae toward normal position, which re-established the pathways of nerve tracts.This creates better performance in your nervous system and promotes healing.
Q. Does the chiropractor adjust every case alike?
A. No two subluxations/ misalignments are identical. Therefore, every adjustment is different and calculated specifically to the patient’s x-ray analysis.
Q. After being adjusted, why do I notice more changes in my body in addition to the ones originally expected?
A. It is very common to experience healing in areas not thought to be associated with your chief complaint. Many dysfunctions of the body may occur which the patient does not perceive as being related to the correction of their nervous system. The optimal performance of the nervous system results in the improvement of all your body’s functions.
Q. When my spine misaligns again, will I always feel the same symptoms right away?
A. No. After holding your adjustment for a considerable period of time and your body resubluxates/ misaligns, it will require time for the symptoms to recur. Just as it takes time to get well, it takes time to get sick. This is the reason why you cannot trust your symptoms to tell you when you need an appointment in our office.
Q. Can my misalignment correct itself?
A. Almost impossible. Patients who suggest this are judging their alignment by their symptoms, which are not reliable predictors of health. Frequently, an increase in your misalignment will temporarily reduce symptoms. When doubt arises as to whether you are balanced, have yourself checked immediately by a NUCCA chiropractor.
When your pain or dysfunction leaves, it is only the beginning of the healing process. Healing takes time. The longer you keep your body balanced, the greater your performance will be in both motion and function.
Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Dustin Freund are chiropractors located in Abbotsford, also serving Chilliwack, Langley, and Mission, BC