Answers to frequently asked questions about Chiropractic Care.

How does chiropractic care work?

Chiropractic is based in the philosophy that the body is a self-healing and self-sustaining system.  This system is completely controlled by the brain through the spinal cord and spinal nerves.  Your own internal information superhighway.  Any interference to this communication system will decrease the peak performance of the human body.  These “pinched” nerves can cause you neck pain or back pain, but if that nerve is going to your stomach or large intestine you may also have digestive problems.

Our care does not involve the use of drugs or surgery.  Rather than treat the symptoms, we look to go to the source of your problem.  When the misaligned bone is moved off the nerve, it heals and can then resume normal function.  You begin to feel relief from your problem and your body begins to function properly.

Most commonly people understand Chiropractic helps with back pain and neck pain in Perry Hall, but at Family Chiropractic Center of Perry Hall we see patients with issues like asthma, allergies, headaches, insomnia, among other conditions

Is Chiropractic Effective

The premise of Chiropractic is to correct misalignments in the spine and other joints.  These misalignments can occur from acute injury or over time with multiple small injuries.  These misalignments put pressure or “pinch” the nerves interfering with proper nerve function.  This interference with nerve function can result in back pain, neck pain, headaches, and multiple other problems throughout the body.

At Family Chiropractic Center of Perry Hall, through spinal adjustments, the nerve interference is removed and your natural ability to be healthy is restored.  In order to stay healthy, you must have proper nerve function.  Nerve interference by the misaligned vertebrae is removed with the chiropractic adjustment restoring optimal nerve function and improving overall health.

What is an adjustment

Chiropractic adjustments are small movements of the bones of the spine.  The purpose of the adjustment is to establish proper alignment of the spinal bones that have misaligned causing back pain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, leg pain, among other health problems.  These misalignments arise as a result of normal daily activities, sports injuries, or trauma from car accidents.

Misaligned spinal bones affect everything from the musculature to the nervous system.  When there is interference to nerve communication from the brain to the body and the body to the brain, we cannot be 100% healthy.

An adjustment is a procedure where your Chiropractor will manually mobilize the misaligned spinal bones with his hands to move the bones back into place.  It is a quick procedure and is accompanied my little to no discomfort.  There are noises associated with the adjustment that are similar to the sound of cracking knuckles.

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is simply a misalignment of the spinal bones that put pressure on the nerves.  These misalignments arise from normal daily activities like sitting at a computer, spending hours looking down at your smart phone or tablet, poor posture, or poor lifting habits.  They can also arise from physical traumas like slips and falls, car accidents, sports injuries, or sudden trauma.  A subluxation puts pressure on the nerves, blood vessels and anything else in the area.  The resulting pressure can result in back pain, neck pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, and headaches among other health issues.  Most interesting of all you may have no symptoms at all.

What happens on my first visit?

This is a get acquainted visit at Family Chiropractic Center of Perry Hall.  Dr Cocks will sit down with you and have a conversation to build a picture of your life that led you to the moment where you are sitting in the office.  This will include a thorough understanding of your history, what you have tried that has yet to correct your problem, what parts of your life are affected by your problem, and what your health goals are.

Of course, as with any Doctors office, there will be paperwork to fill out.  This includes a personal history (i.e.-name, address, phone, etc), and a general health history.  You will meet with Dr. Cocks to discuss your problem and your health goals.  He will perform an exam and possibly take xrays to see the shape your spine is in.  Dr. Cocks will then sit down with all the information gathered to determine what needs to be done.  From there he will work with you to come up with a plan to correct your problem that will begin when you are ready to move forward.

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