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Ghessi Chiropractic FAQ

What type of conditions can Ghessi Chiropractic help me with?

At Ghessi Chiropractic we care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. While most people think of chiropractic to treat back pain or neck pain (which we're very good at),  Dr. Ghessi also cares for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.  Some other common conditions that we treat are:   Headaches, Migraines, Sciatica, Disc Bulges and Herniations, Muscle pain and spasms, Injuries suffered after traumas (car accidents, work or sports), Stress related issues, and much more.  In addition, Dr. Ghessi offers advice to patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, stress reduction, occupational and lifestyle modification.  You'd be surprised how much good chiropractic care can help.

Is Chiropractic Safe? 

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest nondrug, noninvasive forms of health care available for the treatment of spinal and body complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small.  This is evidenced by the very low malpractice insurance rates chiropractors carry compared with the other health professionals.  When done by a licensed chiropractor, there are few negative problems. Chiropractors spend many years training on the examination and correction of the spine, and are the most qualifies professionals to perform spinal adjustments.  

What can I expect after a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

What is the popping noise when I'm adjusted?

Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.  These sounds are harmless, and not the result of "bones cracking".

What type of education do chiropractors receive?

Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact healthcare providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the healthcare professions. The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work.  They also must complete comprehensive chiropractic internships in an outpatient clinical setting before graduation.   In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. 

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. In the case of children, it is very gentle.

How long before I feel better?

Many patients will notice some relief over their first few visits.  Others can take longer.  Various factors will affect initial symptomatic relief such as length and severity of the concern, your health, and your compliance to the care plan set out for you by Dr. Ghessi.  One or two visits is generally not enough care to correct the concern, so expect that you will need consistent care to address the issue.

How do adjustments help with problems beyond back pain?

By detecting and correcting subluxations of the spine with adjustments, interference is removed from the nervous system (spinal cord and nerves going out to the body) and your body is allowed to self-heal and self-regulate.  A body free of nervous system interference can make a huge difference in the function of every system in your body.  Chiropractors are trained to treat much more than just spinal pain.

Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times.  Just like you wouldn't go to a physical therapist or personal trainer once or twice and expect much change, it's the same for your chiropractic care.  The process of healing the body naturally takes time and work to shift problematic patterns that develop in the body.  Quick-fixes result in quick returns of the issues, while proper treatment takes time but provides long-term results.  Once the initial problem is addressed, many of our patients come on a regular maintenance schedule that is less frequent than your initial care plan.  This maintenance care helps the spine and body stay healthy going forward.

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