When a patient seeks chiropractic health care and we accept a patient for such care, it is essential for both to be working towards the same objective.
Chiropractic has only one goal. It is important that each patient understand both the objective and the method that will be able to attain it. This will prevent any confusion or disappointment.
Adjustment: An adjustment is the specific application of forces to facilitate the body’s correction of vertebral subluxation. Our chiropractic method of correction is by specific adjustments of the spine.
Health: A state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Vertebral Subluxation: A misalignment of one or more of the 24 vertebra in the spinal column which causes alteration of nerve function and interference to the transmission of mental impulses, resulting in a lessening of the body’s innate ability to express its maximum health potential.
We do not offer to diagnose or treat any disease or condition other than vertebral subluxation. Nor do we offer advice
regarding treatment prescribed by others. Our only practice objective is to eliminate a major interference to the expression of the body’s innate wisdom. Our only method is specific adjusting to correct vertebral subluxations. However, if during the course of a chiropractic spinal evaluation, we encounter non-chiropractic or unusual findings, we will advise you. If you desire advice, diagnosis or treatment for those findings, we will recommend that you seek the services of a health care provider who specializes in that area.
The Nature of the Chiropractic Adjustment
The doctor will use their hands or a mechanical device upon your body in such a way as to move your joints. That may cause an audible “pop” or “click”, much as you have experienced when you “pop” your knuckles. You may feel a sense of movement.
The Material Risks Inherent with the Chiropractic Adjustment
As with any health care procedure, there are certain complications which may arise during a chiropractic adjustment. Those complications include, but are not limited to: fractures, disc injuries, dislocations, muscle strains, and stroke. Some patients will feel some stiffness and soreness following the first few days of treatment.
The Probability of Those Risks Occurring
Fractures are very rare occurrences and generally result from some underlying weakness of the bone which we check for during the taking of your history and during the examination. Stroke has been the subject of disagreement within and without the profession with one prominent authority saying that there is at most a one-in-a-million chance of such an outcome. Since even that risk should be avoided, we look for risk factors and will perform tests to identify if you may be susceptible to that kind of injury if necessary. The other complications are also generally described as “rare”.