What do chiropractors do?
Chiropractors are trained to detect misalignments of the spine and extremities which disrupt proper body function, interfere with the nervous system, and may cause pain.  Once the misalignment is found, a chiropractor is able to perform an adjustment to restore proper motion and function to the body.


What causes misalignments?
Spinal misalignments may be caused by several factors. Many times we think of the obvious such as accidents, injuries, and trauma, but misalignments are also caused by stress and repetitive activities.  Misalignments might also be caused by factors we may not consider initially such as environmental pollutants or food additives.  Often, it is a combination of several factors.


What causes the sound during adjustments?
The "cracking, popping, or clicking" sounds that may be heard during an adjustment are caused when a small separation in joints occurs releasing gas from the disk.  This sound does not occur with every adjustment and does not indicate the quality or effectiveness of an adjustment.  Furthermore, there are some techniques that do not produce a sound at all.


Once I see I chiropractor, will I have to keep going?
The length of time that you wish to benefit from chiropractic care is ultimately your decision.  Often times, conditions which bring patients to the chiropractor have been present for a period of time, with or without pain.  Healing the body is a process and it may take time for you to reach your treatment goals.  Each patient's healing time will vary and treatment recommendations will be made accordingly.  Those patients who are pain-free and wish to maintain good health are welcome to continue chiropractic care on a basis which suits them the best.  The general suggestion for maintenance care is four to six weeks.  However, each patient is different and knows his or her own body best.  Some patients may chose a shorter or longer span of time depending on what gives them the best results.


Should I see a chiropractor even if I don't have pain?
Misalignments of the spine may be present without pain.  Often, pain occurs after a condition has been present for a period of time.  Knowing this, wouldn't you want to avoid pain altogether?  Symptoms are not a reliable indicator of health.  The best way to stay healthy is to prevent problems from occurring.


Can I visit a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Absolutely!  As your body changes throughout your pregnancy, chiropractic care will help you to adapt.  It will also help to relieve any symptoms which may be associated with changes experienced during pregnancy.  Adjustments will also improve the function and nerve supply to the body which will better support the baby's development.


Can children be adjusted?
Definitely!  Effects of spinal misalignments can be minimized by early detection.  Misalignments may be present early on in a child's life and may even be the result of the birth process.  As a child learns to sit, crawl, stand, and walk new stresses are introduced to their bodies which may lead to misalignments of the spine.