Frequently Asked Questions
What Do Chiropractors Do?
The adult human spine is made up of 26 bones that house the spinal cord and all the nerves that control the body. Chiropractors specialize in the manipulation of these joints to restore joint motion, improve nerve function, decrease muscle spasm and reduce tissue inflammation.
What Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat?
Chiropractic care has been proven as a safe and effective treatment option for a variety of conditions. Including, but not limited to:
Muscle and Ligament Sprain
Body Numbness and Tingling
Slipped or Herniated Discs
Sports Injuries, including Sprains, Shin Splints and Achilles Tendonitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Work/Auto Related Accidents
How is Chiropractic Care Different from Physical Therapy?
While similar in the basic aspects of exercise and modalities, chiropractors are the only healthcare professionals (besides osteopaths) who specialize in performing adjustments and are skilled enough to do them on a daily basis. Chiropractors are also trained to perform physical exams and can make medical referrals when necessary.
If I Start Seeing a Chiropractor, Do I Have to Continue for the Rest of My Life?
Of course not! When you start going to a chiropractor, it is usually with the aim of fixing a problem. However, just as you don't only go to your general health practitioner when you are sick, the same concept holds true for chiropractic care. The doctors at SSC don't only want to see you when you don't feel well, we also want to make sure we are maintaining and protecting your health in the long term. That is why we usually recommend regular checkups and maintenance, so you DON'T find yourself in pain and live a healthy life.
What is a Spinal Injury or Subluxation?
This is a spinal or peripheral joint that is misaligned or immobile. Ultimately, spinal injuries create an imbalance in the spine, which irritates nerves and causes pain and/or dysfunction in muscles and organs.
What Causes a Spinal Injury?
Accidents, injuries and spinal weaknesses are all common causes of spinal injuries. However, they can also occur from poor sleeping habits, poor posture, stress, obesity and not enough rest.
How is a Spinal Injury Treated?
Chiropractors treat spinal injuries with a technique called spinal adjustment. This procedure involves gently and specifically manipulating the spine in order to put everything back into place. Other tools and techniques may be used, such as therapeutic modalities.
Why Fix a Spinal Injury?
Spinal injuries should be corrected in order to prevent further issues, which can cause long-term health problems. Chiropractic adjustments eliminate the interference that prevents your body from healing itself. A misaligned vertebra interferes with your nervous system, which affects organs and muscles. Visiting a chiropractor will treat the underlying problem without the use of drugs or surgery, eliminating painful symptoms naturally.
Why Should I Take My Child to a Chiropractor?
There are a variety of pediatric conditions that can be treated through chiropractic care that begins at a young age. There are various reasons for consulting a chiropractor on your child's care. Some of those reasons include: ADD/ADHD, asthma, autism, bed wetting, and "birth trauma," as well as common colds, tension, colitis, and other conditions. If you are curious about how chiropractic care could possibly help your child live a healthy life, it is best to call and schedule a consultation to speak specifically about the situation that has you concerned.
Do Adjustments Hurt?
No, chiropractic adjustments should never hurt. If preformed by a trained and skilled doctor, adjustments are fairly quick and painless. At Southern States Chiropractic, each patient is adjusted according to their personal preference and background.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Yes, chiropractic care has been proven safe. In fact, chiropractic is one the safest treatments available today because it eliminates the use of drugs and invasive surgeries. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.