Wentzville Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center

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Is chiropractic effective?

Chiropractic care has proven itself in countless studies to be safe and effective in relieving back and neck pain and restoring normal joint motion.  Over the past 20 years, many controlled and independent research studies have repeatedly shown that chiropractic care is safe and effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions relating to the spine.  Based on these scientific studies, the consensus is that chiropractic care is the treatment of choice for most spinal problems.  The extent to which a person can benefit from care varies depending on their specific problem and how long it has existed.

Regular chiropractic care offers a natural approach to maintain good health and prevent injury or illness.  Chiropractic care is proven to be safe and effective and is tailored to each patient's age, condition and health needs.

Who should see a chiropractor?

Chiropractic care is effective at any age and any body type.  From very physical jobs to very stressful jobs or just playing around, anybody can benefit from regular care to optimize their health and well being.  But pain relief isn't limited to the spine.  Our doctors are trained to work on any joint in the body, including hands, wrists, elbows, jaws, feet, and knees.

What's a chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is one of the safest procedures that can be done by any health care practitioner.  There is no surgery, no drugs, no side effects other than a restoration of joint motion and an improvement in health and well being.

An adjustment involves using a very specific motion to break free the joint immobility of the spinal segments and is the main method of treatment used by your chiropractor.  It is a specialized, controlled with a safe pressure that is applied to your spine to restore the proper motion and position of your vertebrae.  It has taken many years and many generations of practitioners to perfect these techniques to provide you with the adjusting skills of your current doctor.

No health care procedure is completely without risk.  However, chiropractic enjoys the lowest injury rates of any health care system.

What's a subluxation?

A subluxation is an abnormal alignment of the vertebra of your spine.  It normally involves several vertebrae together where the normal motion or position between the joints has been strained or lost.  It can develop subtly or it can be very acute and painful, depending on what underlying nerves are involved and at what level of the spine the loss of motion has occurred.

Subluxations can develop from many stresses and strains of everyday life.  Things like being overly tired, or emotionally stressed can take a toll on your body.  Repetitive motions, poor posture, falls, strains, sprains, accidents, and improper lifting techniques can cause chronic strain to your muscles and ligaments and result in chronic stiffness, pain and subluxation.

Many people think that the pain will eventually go away, and many times it seems to, only to reoccur elsewhere along the spine as the body tries to balance out its abnormal biomechanical burden.  People will believe that getting stiff is a normal part of aging, but it doesn't have to be.  Normal joint motion can be restored through manipulation, and the pain, spasm and loss of motion alleviated as the spine is brought back into its true alignment and joint function returns.

What can I expect from my first visit to a chiropractor?

Your doctor will take a thorough health history from you, including a specific review of your chief problem.

Your doctor will perform orthopedic and neurological tests to further isolate your problem, along with a specialized chiropractic biomechanical evaluation.  X-rays or advanced imaging may be needed to confirm what the problem is and to determine the degree of severity.

You will be told what the problem is and what treatment options would be best for you.  If your problem is not going to be solved by chiropractic, you will be referred to a more appropriate health care provider.

Your doctor will give you a prognosis for your condition and give you a reasonable estimate on the length of time it will take you to recover.  Your improvement will be closely monitored by your doctor, and ways to avoid this problem in the future will be given to you.

You may have therapy following the adjustment.  Therapy may involve massage, ultrasound, electric modalities, or acupuncture depending on your condition.

Two of the foundations of chiropractic care are the prevention of postural strain to prevent spinal injuries, and the improvement of overall health.  You will be given information on exercise, nutrition, work environment, and lifestyle choices to improve and maintain a healthier body.

What can I expect from an adjustment?

The primary goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to improve spinal motion at the individual joint level, and realign the spinal segments to enable them to carry their proper biomechanical load, thereby relieving nerve irritation, pressure, and pain.

You may feel immediate improvement after an adjustment, although most people experience gradual, progressive relief of symptoms.  Since adjustments restore motion to previously locked joints, ligaments and tendons begin to stretch back to their normal length.  This lengthening may cause slight muscle soreness similar to that brought on by rigorous exercise.  If you experience these sensations, be assured that they are temporary and are the side effects of newly restored spinal motion.  For the best results, follow the plan that your doctor of chiropractic recommends for you.

The number of visits you make to your chiropractor depends on the nature of your condition and your personal goals.  Many people use chiropractic as part of a wellness routine, scheduling chiropractic appointments on a regular basis to keep their bodies functioning at their best.  Others seek care and treatment for specific conditions for pain relief only.  It is important for you to communicate your goals to your chiropractor in order to develop a treatment plan that works best for you.

Keep in mind, healing rates vary from person to person.  Children tend to respond very quickly to treatment, while adults and seniors may respond more slowly.  A good rule of thumb is that the longer you have had the problem, the more care will be needed to achieve your desired results.

How long do Doctors of Chiropractic go to school?

Today's Doctor of Chiropractic is a highly educated health care profession.  Applicants must complete undergraduate work before admission, then face a very vigorous 4,500 hours in a chiropractic college.  The process usually involves a minimum of seven years of study.

The primary educational emphasis involves organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, human anatomy, physiology, and pathology.  This is followed by clinical studies in differential diagnosis, imaging techniques, lab analysis, neurology and orthopedics.  Also studied are the philosophy and art of various Chiropractic techniques, and reinforced with many hours of clinical practice.

Throughout this time, students must pass four levels of National Board exams and state board exams before beginning their practice.