Frequently asked Questions
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Chiropractors spend years learning to examine the spine and understand the complex motions of the vertebrae. The adjustment itself is given by hand, meaning that we apply specific pressure to the area of the spine that is subluxated (out of alignment). An adjustment returns the vertebrae to its proper alignment and restores normal movement.
In order to understand a chiropractic adjustment, we must first understand what increased sympathetic tone does to the body. Think about what happens to your body if you are chased by a bear. Your heart rate, breathing and blood pressure increases. You are in a state of stress. These are just a few results of increased sympathetic tone.
Your spine is not just a hard set of bones to protect your central nervous system (spinal cord and brain). Your health is determined in part by how well you move. Think about a time in which you felt a tightness in your body. You weren't moving well and felt pain, right? Your brain recognizes this through information sent from the spine. Your spine is more like a neuro-spinal organ receiving and sending information to the brain! Nearly 80% of the information in your brain is received from the spine, according to Principles of Neuroscience textbook.
If your spine isn't moving correctly, abnormal information is sent to the brain. Your body responds in a process as follows: Abnormal movement of the spine causes abnormal information to the brain. The brain responds by increasing the sympathetic tone. Most people recognize this abnormal information when it presents as pain but the effects are widespread! Symptoms such as ear infections, asthma, allergies, acid reflux, constipation, bed wetting are just a few examples of abnormal information from the brain.
Now imagine if you have been chased by a bear your entire life. You can only live in this high stress state that for so long before dysfunction occurs. This is when you receive a chiropractic adjustment to restore normal function, which results in decreased sympathetic tone. Decreased sympathetic tone means you feel better again!
A subluxation is defined as a slight misalignment of the vertebrae. A subluxation also results in decreased movement of the individual vertebrae of the spine. Therefore a subluxation is an abnormally aligned and moving bone. When referring to the spine each bone in the spine is called a vertebrae.
Subluxations are caused by three things:
- Physical Trauma
- Emotional Thoughts (stress)
- Chemical Toxins
Your body is always trying to adapt and correct itself but when your body is unable to adapt to one of the three factors above, a subluxation occurs.
This depends on one person: You.
For some patients, this means using chiropractic as a source for acute care relief. Other patients have found that chiropractic improves their immune system, sleep and overall health. While we believe that regular chiropractic care can help maintain a healthy lifestyle, we do recognize that each patient is unique.
A typical Graston session will last about 30 minutes. While Noble Choice Chiropractic is a walk-in clinic, our rehabilitation patients will have scheduled appointments during office hours closed to the general public. In this session, Dr. Steph will spend time working on adhesions both statically and with motion in addition to receiving your chiropractic adjustment.
She will also teach you stretches and exercises during this appointment to help with your specific issue. If necessary, you may also receive therapeutic taping to decrease inflammation and stabilize your condition.
Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment that lasts about 15 minutes. Dr. Jon will use his hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are then treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Dr. Jon will teach you activities to do at home including stretches and strengthening exercises to help speed your recovery. If necessary, you may also receive therapeutic taping to decrease inflammation and stabilize your condition.
It's a simple concept but it takes patients some time to get used to. You don't have to make an appointment to come in for treatment. If you are on a treatment plan, the doctors will tell you what day to return and you pick the time. We want chiropractic to be convenient for our patients so they are able to easily incorporate it into their busy lives.
Noble Choice Chiropractic has a specific patient flow that decreases wait time. Generally, you won't have to wait any more than 5-10 minutes.