Chiropractic is a new experience for many people. To help you feel more comfortable, we’ve tried to answer some of the common questions here.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes! Chiropractic care is a completely natural approach to healthcare and is safer than many over-the-counter pain relievers. Adjustments remove interference from the nerves and allow your body to heal itself. There are occasionally side effects the most common being soreness in the area adjusted, and any more serious side effects are rare. Dr. Schuneman, DC has years of training to be aware of possible complications and to minimize the chance of any negative side effects.
What is the popping sound?
When you are adjusted, sometimes you may hear a kind of “pop.” It is not necessary to hear this sound for an adjustment to take place. The “pop” comes from gasses being released from the fluid within your joints. It’s similar to the pop when you open a can of soda. With the adjustment, the pressure within the joint is changed and releases those gasses. It doesn’t cause any problems and the gasses are reabsorbed into the fluid of the joint.
Can I adjust myself?
Probably not. Even chiropractors have to see another chiropractor to get adjusted. The popping you might get from twisting your neck or back is not the same as an adjustment. An adjustment is a very specific, targeted impulse to “unstick” a segment that is out of alignment or not moving properly. A general twist to your back is not very specific and most likely will not make the correction to the segment that needs it most, though it might feel good.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to visit a chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are a separate healthcare profession and you can see a chiropractor without a referral from another healthcare provider. Many other doctors may still not be fully aware of what chiropractic is and what it can do and may not recommend or even discourage seeing a chiropractor, though this less common today. However if you feel chiropractic can help your situation, you can come and see for yourself without a referral.
Will I always need to see a chiropractor if I start chiropractic care?
No, that’s up to you. For the first little bit, we recommend you come in regularly. It took time for your body to get out of alignment and for the problems you might be experiencing to develop. It will take time to correct those. However, choosing to follow our recommendations is really up to you. After you finish your treatment plan, we encourage you to continue to come in regularly to get checked. This will help to catch and fix problems before they become big, and help you to maintain your health. It’s the same idea as going to the dentist regularly. You go for regular cleanings and exams to make sure that your teeth are staying healthy and to catch cavities before they become a major problem.