Answers to your questions

 

 

Q: What is chiropractic?

A: Chiropractic is the third largest area of medicine, next only to dentistry and is the largest Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) health profession.  According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

 

Q: What is an "adjustment" ?

A: An "adjustment" is a generic term used to describe the more accepted Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT) administered by a chiropractor whereby the chiropractor skillfully directs a very specific gentle force into a joint. 

 

Q: How does chiropractic work?

A: It has to do with the relationship between the spine and the nervous system.  Scientists agree that the nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. The spinal column protects the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) by encasing their delicate structures.

Because of this intimate relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system. This irritation can result from noxious inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result from direct mechanical pressure. In either case, the functioning of the nervous system is negatively influenced as is the functioning of the cells, tissues, and organs which are supplied by the affected nerve(s).

The resulting ailment(s) depends on the cells, tissues, and organs affected as well as the extent of nervous system compromise.

In short, because the body's innate recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.

 

Q: Can chiropractic help me?

A: The answer to that question certainly is determined on what your condition happens to be.  While doctors of chiropractic are best known for their success in treating back and neck problems you may be surprised to learn that research studies have shown that chiropractic care can also provide relief from conditions such as headaches, ear infections, asthma, high blood pressure, and many other seemingly non-spinal conditions.  Our doctors can determine if chiropractic is right for you.

 

Q: How long will it take?

A: Treatment time will vary depending on your condition and your overall health and age.  Generally speaking, the sooner you seek treatment the quicker your condition should resolve, whereas chronic conditions may require more visits. 

 

Q: Does chiropractic manipulation hurt?

A: Chiropractic manipulation is generally not painful.  In fact, many patients report immediate relief after a treatment and look forward to being "adjusted".  Patients who present with moderate to severe pain may experience some discomfort with treatment for obvious reasons.

 

Q: What is that cracking noise I hear during an adjustment?

A: The noise that patients often refer to as "cracking" is properly called cavitation.  A cavitation is the production of small vapor-containing bubbles or cavities in a liquid.  An adjustment causes the vapors or gases to escape from the joint, which is completely harmless.

 

Q: Sometimes I am sore after an adjustment.  Why?

A: It is not uncommon to experience mild discomfort after an adjustment, particularly the next day.  As your tissues accommodate to the physical changes that were made during an adjustment those tissues can become mildly inflamed and irritated.  This soreness typically resolves within a day.

 

Q: Does my insurance cover chiropractic care?

A: Insurance policies vary greatly in their coverage.  It would be best to contact one of our experienced staff who would be happy to assist you in determining your benefits.

 

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: We are happy to accept:

 

  • Check

  • Cash

  • Mastercard

  • Visa

 

Q: Do you offer massage therapy?

A: Yes we do! 

 

Still have questions? Please contact us anytime!  We look forward to hearing from you.

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St Clair Chiropractic Clinic

301 Trumbull Street
St Clair, MI 48079

Tel: 810-329-9121

Fax: 810-329-3914

Hanrahan Chiropractic Center

901 Michigan Avenue
Marysville, MI 48040

Tel: 810-364-4433

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