Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take for me to get well under adjustments?
The length of time will depend upon how long the vertebrae (spinal bones) have been displaced, how successful the adjustment is in reducing the displacements, how much damage has been done to the nerve tracts and fibers, how well you can retain the correction made by the adjustment, how many falls, jerks, or other injuries you will have during the service period, how well you cooperate with the doctor, your vitality, and the rate of response of the nerve fibers to the adjustment.
What brings about healing under adjustments?
The body has an inherent ability to heal itself if it is working normally under the control of a perfectly functioning nervous system. An example of this type of healing is the repair of a fractured bone after it has been set. The adjustment is to restore misplaced bone structures to their normal position, re-establish the normal pathways for the nerve tracts and fibers so that more perfect performance of the nervous system can take place, promoting healing.
How can the chiropractor determine if the patient is making progress?
Your progress is determined by the presence or absence of the objective and physical signs of the nervous system which include leg length checks, spastic contracture and spinal column distortion, comparison of the symptoms with the objective signs, and methods generally used by all doctors.
Why is time required to obtain results?
Most subluxations have existed for years, causing harm to the nervous system and its control of the bodily functions. When the Subluxation is removed by the adjustment, repair of the damage caused must take place before you can recover. Repair of tissue takes time.
Does the chiropractor treat every case alike?
No two subluxations are identical therefore every adjustment is different. Because the chiropractor is “treating” spinal misalignment and imperfect performance of the nervous system, the adjustment is tailored specifically to the patient. In certain cases other components of the spinal Subluxation are addressed such as lifestyle, or nutritional recommendations.
Why is it that after an adjustment, I notice other positive changes in my body that are different than the original concern?
Many benefits accrue to the chiropractic patient other than those for which they sought chiropractic service. This is because more perfect performance of the nervous system results in improvement in respiration, sleep patterns, circulatory improvement and better functioning of the digestive tract. Other changes include:
- Improved spinal balance through correction of the pelvic alignment.
- Realignment of the gravity centres of the body, causing better posture.
- Correction of spastic contracture in skeletal (body framework) muscles.
- Equalization of leg lengths providing better body-weight distribution and protecting spinal discs.
- Improved position for internal organs.
- Improved energy.
- Reduced stress.
- Improved sleep
Is it possible to feel fine yet have a Subluxation interfering with my nervous system?
Yes, sensation of any kind is conveyed from the sense organs in the body to the spinal cord and brain over those nerves referred to as sensory nerves. If the Subluxation decreases the ability of these sensory nerves to convey messages to the central nervous system, the patient may feel quite well, yet have a problem. This is somewhat like certain drugs given to relieve symptoms, which act by lowering or blocking the sensory input to the central nervous system.
Does it always require an injury to reproduce a Subluxation?
No. Any stress on the body from either physical, emotional, chemical or mental stress can cause you to reproduce the Subluxation. We are subject to our environment and must continually adjust to it. Within that environment are disease-producing organisms, pollutants, poisons, and other irritants to which the body is subject and must adapt. If the body cannot adapt through the nervous system mechanisms, a Subluxation can be produced. Stress from emotional upsets is also a common cause of the Subluxation.
Should everyone be checked for a Subluxation?
Yes. Checking the nervous system’s performance to uncover conduction blocks, and removing them, could help prevent many conditions from developing. This care is beneficial for people of all ages.
Should I check my Subluxation after recovery from my condition?
Yes, an occasional check is advisable, as health is a maintenance program. There is always the possibility of a recurrence of the Subluxation, or of a new and different Subluxation giving rise to a new condition with new symptoms. Further keeping a check on the functioning of the nervous system will help prevent many illnesses and help to maintain the body in an optimal state of wellness.