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1. What is Chiropractic?
2. What does a Chiropractor do?
3. When was the first chiropractic patient treated?
4. What education is required to practice chiropractic?
5. Conditions commonly treated by chiropractic
6. What is a vertebral subluxation?
7. How do we get spinal nerve stress?
8. Can I receive chiropractic treatments if I'm under medical care?
9. Who is affected by subluxations?
10. How are chiropractic treatments performed?
11. What information should I bring to my visit?
12. What is an adjustment?
13. What should I do prior to my appointment?
14. 15 warning signs of an unhealthy spine
15. Daily Living
16. Other significant factors besides verbral adjusting
17. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
18. Are there ways to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


1. What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic locates and removes a severe form of spine and nerve stress, a condition that puts pressure on nerves, unbalances your body, lowers your resistance to disease and weakens you: the vertebral subluxation complex.
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2. What Does A Chiropractor Do?
The Doctor of Chiropractic analyzes your body for vertebral subluxations or misalignments using his/her hands and other analysis tools, and then corrects or removes any spinal nerve stress using various spinal adjustment techniques.
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3. When was the first chiropractic patient treated?
Modern chiropractic began in 1895 when Dr. D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic "spinal adjustment" on his deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. Lillard's hearing returned and Palmer thought he had discovered a cure for deafness. But as patients with digestive troubles, sciatica, menstrual trouble, migraine headaches, epilepsy, heart problems, back pain and many other conditions responded to spinal care, Palmer realized that he had discovered something more far-reaching indeed.
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4. What education is required to practice chiropractic?
Chiropractic graduates must have a minimum of 6 or 7 years of college education. Chiropractic education's foundation in the basic life sciences includes anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physical and laboratory diagnostics, radiology, physiology, pathology, nutrition, and public health. In addition, chiropractic education involves a detailed study of clinical sciences as well as clinical experience. In fact, chiropractic education is similar to Medical and osteopathic education except that these practitioners emphasize surgery and pharmacology while Doctors of Chiropractic focus on the diagnosis and treatment through clinically and scientifically established conservative procedures. This education means that Doctors of Chiropractic have the expertise to diagnose, treat, and/or manage many different health problems.
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5. Conditions commonly treated by chiropractic
All kinds of conditions are treated with chiropractic care, such as colds ear infections, PMS, spinal or disc problems, arthritis, insomnia, stress, vision problems, headaches, allergies, bedwetting, colic, high blood pressure - the list is long! Please remember, the goal of chiropractic treatment is not the treatment of the disease but rather the enhancement of health through the reduction of spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxation complex). The above list may seem long as though chiropractic were a Panacea. The truth is that most textbooks list over 200 diseases. Please be mindful of the fact that chiropractic care is not like one drug used for one condition, but on the contrary, it is like a complete healing art within itself, concerned with the systems of the body such as nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc., and seeks to correct health problems within those systems.
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6. What is a vertebral subluxation?
A vertebral subluxation is a misaligned vertebra causing interference with nerve messages between your brain and your body. Accordingly, the goals of chiropractic joint adjustments or manipulation are not only to correct musculoskeletal dysfunction, improving range of motion and reducing pain, but also restore normal function in the nervous system. This, chiropractors postulate, will improve homeostasis and thus affect body functions generally, improving resistance to disease and producing a feeling of well being.
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7. How do we get spinal nerve stress (subluxations)?
From stress. It may occur in infancy from a difficult birth or from childhood falls. Later in life, emotional tension or stress can gradually damage your spine or violent injuries from automobile accidents or sports can suddenly knock you "out of whack."
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8. Can I receive chiropractic treatments if I'm under medical care?
Absolutely. Having your spinal nerve's stresses corrected is important no matter what other type of care you're receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, or medicine. M.D.'s and other healers cannot tell you if you're suffering from spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxations). They are not trained in correcting it.
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9. Who is affected by subluxations?
Nearly everyone eventually gets spinal nerve stress. It is a "hidden epidemic." It is for that reason we all need to have our spines checked for this condition, just as we get our eyes, teeth and blood pressure checked!
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10. How are chiropractic treatments performed?
Chiropractors work with the bones and nerves of the spinal column and spinal cord respectively. Chiropractors spend years of highly specialized training in order to locate where misplaced spinal vertebrae are impinging the nerves; which travel down the spinal cord and out through the spinal column to the muscles, organs, and glands of the body. After locating the vertebrae impinging the nerves (subluxations) the chiropractor, using various highly specialized techniques, is able to replace the misplaced vertebrae and thus release pressure on the nerves. This is called a spinal adjustment.
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11. What information should I bring to my visit?
If you have already had tests (such as x-rays) regarding your problem, bring them and any reports to the office. Be prepared to discuss: when the problem started, how long you have had it, what makes the problem worse or better, treatments you have tried so far and how well they have worked, and any other information you believe is relevant. Bring notes regarding comments or questions you want to ask the doctor. If your health insurance company requires a referral before treatment, please obtain one. Bring your insurance card and know the amount of your deductible or co-pay.
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12. What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic care is known (but not exclusively) for its use of the adjustment, sometimes called manipulation. An adjustment is a precise procedure, in which the trained Doctor of Chiropractic exerts specific corrective pressure at specific places on your spine or other joints. When a thorough examination reveals joints that are not in proper function, adjustments are applied to correct joint alignment/mobility, relieve associated muscle and nerve tension, improve balance and assist healing. In most cases, adjustments are performed manually by the Doctor of Chiropractic.
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13. What should I do prior to my appointment?
  1. Avoid moderate physical activity,  until instructed to do so.
  2. Avoid rubbing, probing, or "poking" in the areas your doctor adjusts.
  3. Avoid sudden twists or turns of movement beyond normal limits of motion, especially in the neck.
  4. Avoid extreme bending of your spine in any direction, avoid stretching, reaching, or other over head work.
  5. Avoid bending or slooping sharply to pick up objects, rather, bend your knees to minimize the strain on your lower back.
  6. When Lifting, keep your back straight, bend your knees and let your legs bear the strain.
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14. 15 warning signs of an unhealthy spine
  1. Your heals wear out unevenly  Can be due to uneven leg length or stress along the length of the spine.
  2. You can't take a satisfying deep breath.  Breath, health, spinal health, and energy are interrelated.
  3. Your jaw "clicks."  Can be caused by neck or jaw subluxations.
  4. You have to "crack" your neck, back, or other joints a lot.  Can be caused areas of your spine that are locked or jammed.
  5. You can't twist or turn your head or hips to either side easily and equally.  Reduced range of motion.
  6. You are often fatigued.  An unbalanced spine drains your energy.
  7. You have poor concentration.  Subluxations affect brain health.
  8. You have low resistance to disease.  Subluxations affect your neuroendocrine system, which plays an important role in your resistance to disease and your ability to fight infection.
  9. Your foot flares out when walking.  This test is easy as long as you don't cheat.  Merely look down at your feet as you walk.  Do they both point forward, or does one foot appear to flare outward or inward?  Do both?  Foot flare may be a sign of a problem in the spine or hips, or meningeal stress in the upper neck or base of the brain.
  10. One leg appears shorter than the other.  Keep your shoes on and lie down.  Have someone stand behind you, look down at your feet, and gently push your heels toward your head.  Compare where the heels meet the shoes.  One foot (it's often the right)  may appear anywhere from 1/8 to 1" shorter than the other.
  11. You have poor posture.  Stand on two bathroom scales.  The weight distribution should be about the same over each foot.  If it is not, that's a good sign that your spine, hips or head are off-center.
  12. You have headaches, back aches, sore or tender spots in the muscles and joints.  Common signs of subluxation.
  13. You have a constant stressful feeling and tension especially in the muscles and joints.  Muscles are affected by subluxations.
  14. You feel stiffness in your back and neck.  Stiffness may be a sign of subluxation damage.
  15. You just don't feel right, you are in general poor health.  Subluxations can affect your overall health.
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15. Daily Living
  1. Set aside a special time each day for complete mental and physical relaxation.  This is important in the restoration - as well as maintenance - of normal health.
  2. When sitting, choose a chair that has adequate firmness to hold your weight comfortably, and then sit straight.  Avoid too soft, overstuffed chairs.  Recliner chairs are acceptable if you use a small pillow behind your lower spine.
  3. Cross your legs only at the ankles.  Crossing your legs at the knees could aggravate an existing back condition as well as interfere with circulation to the legs.
  4. Be sure to get plenty of sleep to allow your body time to recuperate and repair.
  5. Sleep on a firm mattress - preferably one, which is neither too hard or too soft.
  6. Your pillow should be neither too high nor too low.  The ideal pillow is a chiropractic pillow.  Avoid sleeping on two pillows; never lie on a couch with your head on the armrest.
  7. Sleep on your back or your side with your legs flexed slightly, no drawn up tightly.  Avoid sleeping on your stomach.  Raise your head off the pillow when changing positions.
  8. Rise from your bed by turning on your side and swinging your legs off the bed. Next push yourself in to a sitting position with your arms, thus minimizing the strain on your back.
  9. Do not read or watch TV in bed, particularly with your head propped at a sharp or strained angle.
  10. Do not sleep on sofas or in a cramped quarters.  Lie down in bed when it is time to sleep.
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16. Other significant factors besides verbral adjusting
Yes, there are 4 laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity:
  1. proper nutrition
  2. adequate rest
  3. moderate exercise
  4. a positive mental attitude
No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important, for your overall healing, as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the silent killer, the vertebral subluxation complex, in your spine? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell. Among the many things contributing to your health; the quality of the air, food and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your inherited weakness and strengths; your use of drugs, exercise, and relaxation - a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality or a life of disease, weakness and disability.
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17. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when tendons in the wrist become inflammed after being aggravated. A tunnel of bones and ligaments in the wrist narrows, pinching nerves that reach the fingers and the muscle at the base of the thumb. The first symptoms usually appear at night. Symptoms range from a burning, tingling numbness in the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers, to difficulty gripping or making a fist.
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18. Are there ways to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated by immobilizing the wrist in a splint to minimize or prevent pressure on the nerves. If that fails, patients are sometimes given anti-inflammatory drugs or injections of cortisone in the wrist to reduce the swelling. There is also a surgical procedure in which doctors can open the wrist and cut the ligament at the bottom of the wrist to relieve the pressure. However, only a small percentage of patients require surgery.
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