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Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Chiropractic Care is a natural approach to better health that is proven safe and effective. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record that is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures and drugs. Chiropractic care is safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers, and even the common aspirin.

Is Treatment Painful?
Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Harrison use gentle techniques of low force spinal corrective methods. These methods do not involve the older, more uncomfortable physical techniques. Most patients discover that the newer methods are very comfortable, even with the most sensitive conditions.

What Is An Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle and specific force delivered by a chiropractor to spinal vertebrae to correct misalignments and relieve nerve interference. Chiropractors use a variety of adjusting techniques. Most commonly, the chiropractor uses his/her hands to deliver a quick pressure. Other times the chiropractor may use a low constant pressure, while some use a specially designed instrument or table. Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Harrison evaluate each patient’s unique spinal problem and determine the best chiropractic adjustment technique. Our chiropractic clinic includes state-of-the-art tables and adjusting tools allowing the chiropractors to provide the best care for each of our chiropractic patients. We focus on caring for the spine by analyzing the spine for misalignments and correcting them with spinal adjustments. The success with our patients is due to a combined effect of adjustments by our chiropractors and each person’s ability to heal.

Can I Adjust Myself?
Some people go to great lengths to adjust themselves, but you cannot effectively do this yourself. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself. It is possible to turn, bend, or twist in certain ways to create “popping” sounds, like the sound of an adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation can often make an already unstable area of the spine even more unstable.

Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
Children are, simply put, little people. They are subject to spinal malfunctions just like an adult. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for misalignments in their spine. Later as your child learns to walk, ride a bike and other childhood activities, spinal problems can occur. While a bandage and a kiss can help a wound at the time, the unseen damage to your child’s spine can lead to problems as an adult if uncorrected. Regular chiropractic check-ups can identify these problems, and can help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in life.

Chiropractic is most beneficial for children because their nervous systems are developing. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine. Most parents report that their child enjoyed their chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.

How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?
Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimal spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage and degenerative changes to the spine, which require longer treatments. Those patients that are active, or have stressful jobs, or want to be at their very best, find that schedules of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health. Some patients seek care only when their aches or pains become unbearable. This style of “crisis” management is usually more costly and time consuming. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

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