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The main premise behind chiropractic is the “Vertebral Subluxation Complex” (VSC). Essentially, this is the main reason behind most of the spinal pain complaints chiropractors deal with daily. The main method of treatment given by a chiropractor involves a “chiropractic adjustment” that will be delivered to the precise joint/area that is not functioning optimally. However, depending on the length and severity of the condition the patient presents with, it may take more than one adjustment to correct these subluxations. Thus the chiropractor will assess the areas which are involved and correct these subluxations to gradually put your body back in balance and functioning optimally.

Ultimately, the amount of treatment required to correct these subluxations will depend on the chronicity of the patient’s condition as well as the level of improvement expected by the patient. Naturally, the number of treatments required to get rid of an ache or pain will always be less than the number of treatments required to maintain a state of wellness. Chiropractic depends on the body’s natural ability to heal itself and the chiropractic adjustment’s main role is to remove any interference or impingement to the affected nerve root. Thus, it avoids the need for medications with potential side effects and also risky spinal surgeries.

Can Chiropractic Provide a Complete Cure for my Pain?

Many patients are curious to know if chiropractic can completely cure their condition. This depends again on the severity and chronicity of their individual complaint. Other factors such as age, type of work, physical fitness, other health ailments, diet etc. all influence the success rate of each patient. Thus, the chiropractor will only be able to advise you of the success rate after reviewing all of the factors above. Generally however, the best advice we can give to potential patients is to come in as early as possible when an ache or pain starts so that the best possible result can be achieved from the treatment.

Must I have X-rays done before getting an Adjustment?

Again, depending on the condition of the patient, the chiropractor will advise every patient on the need for an x-ray accordingly.

Once I start going for chiropractic, must I go forever?

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses mainly on your spinal health. Most patients who initially visit a chiropractor do so because they are suffering from some form of spinal injury which is causing them pain. Usually, the initial aim of chiropractic care is to get rid of the pain and this is usually under the intensive care phase of treatment. If however a patient would like to achieve better spinal health, then his/her chiropractor will be able to advise them on the a routine of chiropractic care that is suitable for their particular situation.

Just as we are all encouraged to visit the dentist on a regular basis to ensure that our teeth remain in good health, the same principal applies to your spinal health. Everyday activities such as lifting, sitting for long hours, computer work, driving and stress will contribute to poorer spinal movement. Thus routine chiropractic care will ensure that your spine continues to move optimally and stays in balance so that you can function at your best everyday!

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