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About Chiropractic

Frequently Asked questions

+ What is Chiropractic?


Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body.

The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body, Chiropractors call this the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex".

Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy of all things natural.


+ How does Chiropractic work?


Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine called a subluxation can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.


+ Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?


Yes, A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are "remarkably safe." By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.


+ How do you get subluxations?


There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, poor posture and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxations. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet and can also cause subluxations.


+ How do I know if I have a subluxation?


You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.

Subluxations that aren't corrected can lead to worsening spinal decay (degenerative joint disease).


+ What is an adjustment?


Chiropractic adjustments can vary based on the technique your Chiropractor uses. Typical adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren't moving right and correct their normal movement pattern. Some methods use the doctor's hands or an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity and blocks. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Dr. Smith has trained in both the traditional "manipulative" techniques, as well as modern techniques that don't use any force, or very minimal force, and no manipulation (or "cracks"). These techniques are suitable for everyone, including the elderly, children.... and those who don't like the idea of noise coming from their joints!

Your Chiropractor will always discuss the different types of treatment available based on your circumstances.


+ What makes the sound during an adjustment?


Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It's much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but it isn't a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment. Some of the techniques Dr. Smith uses (as mentioned above), don't require this noise to even occur and are known as "non-manipulative".


+ What type of education do Chiropractors get?


Doctors of Chiropractic are well educated. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, Radiology (X-rays), spinal adjusting techniques, and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractors to deal with a range of different health conditions affecting your body.

To graduate with the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate passed the demanding National Board Examination. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice.

A chiropractic education never ends. Dr. Smith completes postgraduate education for license renewal and stays current on the latest scientific research.


+ Are all patients adjusted the same way?


No. Each patient's spine and care plan is unique. With 24 moving bones in the spine, each of which can move in seven different directions, we see a wide variety of spinal patterns. Each patient's care is custom-tailored for their age, condition and health goals.


+ Can I adjust myself?


No. Some people can make their joints "pop", but that's not an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.

Not even Chiropractors can adjust themselves correctly. Dr. Smith has recieved regular Chiropractic care his whole life.... and still does!


+ How many adjustments will I need?


The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health goals. If you are simply after pain relief, this can occur very quickly (sometimes instantly). If you are attempting to correct any long standing areas of dysfunction, it will most likely take some time. Throughout your treatment program, your progress will be constantly monitored and tested. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.


+ Why do children need Chiropractic care?


Further details coming soon


+ Why do newborns get adjustments?


Further details coming soon


+ Am I too old for Chiropractic care?


With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity. Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.


+ Can subluxations clear up on their own?


Sometimes. Today's hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don't resolve, you need to see a chiropractor. We also recommend that people have their spine checked on a regular basis. The time frame of these checks varies depending on the individual and your lifestyle.

There are certain areas of your spine that correct themselves well, and some areas that almost never do.


+ Can I have Chiropractic care after back surgery?


Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.


+ Can patients with Osteoporosis get Chiropractic care?


Of course. When developing a care plan, we consider the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.


+ How long until I feel better?


Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had the problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in otherwise good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctor's recommendations.


+ How long will I need Chiropractic care?


Some of our patients attend for relief from a specific ache or pain. In these cases, we may be able to cease care once the symptoms have been corrected. Most of our patients elect to continue with some type of periodic care. These patients show up for their visits feeling great. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much of it you want.

It is always your choice what kind of care you recieve, and we will always present all the options available to you.


+ What if Chiropractic doesn't work?


If we are unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer you to other specialists who may be able to help. You health is our primary goal. At Absolute Health & Chiropractic, we work with other health practitioners in the same clinic including Medical Doctors (in our Noosa clinic) and Physiotherapists (at our Mooloolaba clinic).



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