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FREQUENTLY ASKED CHIROPRACTIC QUESTIONS
Do you use a specific technique in your chiropractic adjustments?
We use full spine as well as extremity adjusting procedures mainly performed by hand. We utilize an adjusting instrument for the atlas (the first cervical vertebrae), and we also offer extremity adjusting and cranial adjusting to address problems throughout the knees, wrists, shoulders, elbows and ankles.
What does an adjustment feel like? Does it hurt during or after the adjustment?
An adjustment is a remarkably safe application of gentle pressure to the bone (typically by the doctor's hand) in order to correct the misalignment (subluxation) of your spine. An adjustment is rarely painful; more common descriptions of an adjustment range from temporary soreness to increased mobility to feeling relaxed and having a sense of well-being.
Is it bad if I hear a 'crack' or 'pop' during or after the adjustment?
No. Sometimes an adjustment produces a sound which can be gas and lubricating fluids released within the subluxated joints.
What symptoms and conditions can the doctor help with?
Chiropractic is most commonly known to relieve low back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Additionally, studies show the effectiveness of chiropractic for a variety of conditions: shoulder and arm pain, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash injuries, fibromyalgia, sciatica, migraines, colic, pulled muscles, sprained ankles, and other conditions.
Furthermore, people might begin treatment for one or more of the abovementioned symptoms, only to end up also finding relief from other conditions like sleep/fatigue disorders, allergies, digestive issues, asthma, because the nerves are no longer irritated enough to cause these problems.
I was recently in a car accident. Will a doctor see me?
Yes, Downey Chiropractic Center accepts PIP and L&I cases. Just be sure to bring in the correct information (i.e. claim number, adjuster name and phone number, etc) to our office so we can process the claims smoothly.
How long will it take to treat my condition?
Have patience, patients. There are some factors to consider: age, previous history of accidents and surgeries, compliance with the doctors' treatment, occupational and lifestyle choices. Straightforward, simple conditions often see improvement in two to four weeks. However, more chronic and complicated conditions can take three to four months. The important thing is not to allow simple conditions to become chronic. Relief can happen within a few days or weeks, but stabilizing your condition is what takes time.
Once we have achieved stabilization of your condition, it is important to maintain your correction with periodic check-ups. Remember, your chiropractor is the only one trained to detect the presence of a subluxation. It is easier to stay healthy than to get healthy!
Why does the doctor keep showing me exercises?
On the path to your health, some exercise at work and home is required. The exercises we show you are designed to stabilize and strengthen your spine, as well as avoid set-backs.