Frequently Asked Questions regarding Chiropractic Care

Find out the answers Dr. Mackenzie frequently gives to patients seeking to learn more about chiropractic care at her office. Learning more about chiropractic and its benefits can help you find the best chiropractor for you. If you have a question that you don't see answered below, reach out to Flying M Chiropractic at (608) 482-3299.

FAQ

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a drugless, natural health care discipline that uses gentle manual or precise instrument adjustments to the spine to improve alignment and function. The purpose is to restore proper spinal motion and allow the connection between the brain, spinal cord and the body--the spinal nerves--to carry the proper messages. A variety of techniques can be used to suit clients of all ages.
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Are chiropractors doctors?

Chiropractors take 3-4 years of academic training beyond undergraduate studies, as well as passing national and state board testing, to receive their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Topics of study include: human biology, anatomy & physiology, adjusting methods, neuroanatomy, radiology, nutrition, biochemistry and pediatric care.

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor analyzes the spine to determine areas of dysfunction or lack of proper motion. Once detected, specific adjustments (application of gentle force) are applied to restore movement and function. Typically, chiropractors are also passionate and knowledgeable about healthy lifestyle practices and can offer advice on nutrition, supplements, movement, breathing, sleep, rest and stress reduction.

Are chiropractors safe?

Chiropractic has an excellent safety track record, reflected by extremely low malpractice insurance rates. A 1995 study found that chiropractic adjustments to the cervical spine (neck area) were several hundred times safer than taking NSAIDS.

Are there side effects after an adjustment?

Chiropractors are trained to adapt their technique to the needs of the patient, but occasionally, patients may experience some mild soreness following a chiropractic adjustment. This is typically short-lived.

Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Many of our moms swear by chiropractic care during pregnancy and find amazing relief; as well as preparing the body and pelvis for the birth process. Frequently, midwives refer many of their clients for chiropractic care during pregnancy. Good alignment and a well-communicating nervous system help mom's body to adapt to the additional stresses of pregnancy and birth.

How many adjustments does someone need?

This can vary based on your individual goals for your health. Do you want to use chiropractic to get out of crisis (pain) only, or to improve structure and function more completely? Do you go to the dentist when your tooth hurts, or for regular maintenance? Our families, ourselves and many of our patients use chiropractic on a regular basis to keep feeling and functioning well.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

Not at all. The force of an adjustment, whether by hand or instrument, is constantly being adapted and modified to the individual. The pressure used to gently adjust a baby is about the amount of pressure you would use to test a tomato for ripeness--this is called a sustained contact. An older person may require a gentler approach as well. Patient preference is also important as to the style and force of the adjustment.

Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove my pain?

There are no guarantees in any type of treatment, but we have many patients that feel night and day different with chiropractic care. Most people would agree that trying a safe, natural method of care (conservative care) before drugs, injections and surgery is a wise approach.