Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions we’ve answered about our chiropractic practice.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession based on treating conditions arising from interactions of the spine, nervous system and the surrounding muscles; also known as the NeuroMusculoSkeletal system.
Are chiropractors doctors?
Yes. Chiropractic educational requirements are among the most stringent of any health care profession. Doctors of Chiropractic (known as chiropractors) are not medical doctors, but go through a similar education process to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care.
What types of pain do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for patients with low back pain, mid back pain, neck pain, headaches and sciatica. At Peak Performance Chiropractic we have obtained specialty training to also treat sports injuries, TMJ and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints of the limbs.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the use of controlled force in a precise direction that is applied to a joint which is not moving properly or “locked up” with the goal of restoring movement. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, a return of muscles to normal tone, a reduction in nerve irritation and a reduction in pain.
Are adjustments safe?
The risk of adverse events associated with spinal adjustments performed by a licensed chiropractor was less than .0001%, as recorded in 20 different studies from 1996-2014.
Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?
The noises you may hear resembling popping sounds are joints releasing tiny pockets of air, similar to opening a can of coke. When a joint gets “stuck” gas that is naturally produced within the joint capsule and released by normal joint movement, builds up and cannot escape. When the joint is adjusted, the built up gas is released and a pop is heard. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of a joint; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Do adjustments hurt?
Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort and promote healing.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
We utilize multiple adjusting techniques, offering each patient a personalized treatment plan that best suits their individual needs.
What if I don’t like my neck to be “popped”?
We utilize low force techniques which will give the benefit of a standard chiropractic adjustment, but with no popping noise and minimal movement of the neck.
Will I have to get x-rays?
The short answer is no, however, if the doctor feels as though x-rays or other advanced imaging is necessary, you will be referred out. We do not offer x-ray in the office.
Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Many pregnant women find chiropractic adjustments improve the pregnancy experience and may make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient.
Do I need a referral from a M.D.?
A M.D. referral is not needed in most cases, however, because there are so many coverage options, it’s best to check with your employer’s human resources department or contact your health plan directly to find out if there are referral requirements.