Frequently Asked Questions – General

treatment room 03-20-13What do chiropractors do?

The adult human spine is made up of 26 bones (33 bones in children) that house the spinal cord and all the nerves that control the body. Chiropractors specialize in the manipulation of these joints – and any other joint in the body – to restore joint motion, improve nerve function, decrease muscle spasm and reduce tissue inflammation.  Learn more about chiropractic.

Chiropractic has been proven to be safe and effective for treatment of many common conditions. Learn more about conditions that can benefit from chiropractic treatment.

What type of education and training do chiropractors receive?

A chiropractor must complete a strenuous four-year, graduate program and clinical internship before graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Chiropractors take the same fundamental courses as medical doctors and are trained to diagnose most physical conditions and illnesses, but specialize in the detection and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal problems. Upon passing four stages of National Board Examinations, a chiropractor then receives a license to practice in the state and must take continuing education courses each year to keep the license active.

Can I still see a chiropractor if I’m under medical care? Will you work with my M.D.?

Yes. Chiropractic treatments should have no conflict or interference with your medical treatments. In addition, Dr. Yin has works closely with several specialists in the area to co-manage patients. In fact, many of our patients are medical doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and medical support staff.

How is chiropractic different from physical therapy?

While similar in many aspects of exercise and modalities, chiropractors are the only healthcare professionals (besides osteopaths) who specialize in performing adjustments and skilled enough to do so on a daily basis. In addition, you do not need a medical referral to see a chiropractor. We are trained to do comprehensive physical exams and can refer you to other specialists if necessary.

What is a joint subluxation?

A subluxation can affect any joint in the body. Typically, it is a mis-alignment or fixation (loss of normal motion) caused by muscle spasm, injuries, structural abnormalities, or simple repetitive stress. Chronic subluxations can involve irritation and/or inflammation of the nerves, ligaments, tendons and muscles which results in PAIN.

Can I tell if I have a subluxation?

Not always. A subluxation behaves like a dental cavity. You may have it for a long time (weeks, months, or even years) before symptoms begin to appear. Depending on the chronicity of the subluxation and an individual’s physical condition, some people will feel discomfort sooner than others.

Some warning signs include neck pain, headaches, numbness or tingling, and frequent fatigue. It is always a good idea to maintain periodic spinal check-ups to maintain good spinal health and prevent more serious conditions from occurring. Like our car engines, our bodies need “oil changes” to keep functioning at optimal levels.

Can I adjust myself?

We do not recommend trying to adjust yourself A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to a specific joint. Sometimes the “popping” noise you hear when moving is an unstable joint that can become even more hypermobile with frequent “self-adjustments.”

Do adjustments hurt?

No. Chiropractic adjustments should never hurt. If performed by a skilled doctor, an adjustment should be quick and painless. The sound you hear is gas being released from the joint space as normal motion is restored – similar to the sound you hear when you open a can of soda. Contrary to popular belief, no bones physically “move” in an adjustment. Each patient is adjusted according to their condition and preferences. Dr. Yin performs only the safest and most effective techniques and is also very gentle in her approach.

Is chiropractic care safe?

Yes. Numerous scientific studies and clinical trials have found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care boasts an excellent track record. Statistics have shown that adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us. Our staff would be happy to speak with you.