Why choose chiropractic over other health care options?
People who choose chiropractic over other health care options, find that it saves them time and money. Chiropractic adjustment is effective at getting you back on your feet quickly. In these times of high medical costs, and so many people without health care insurance, chiropractic is a safe, relatively inexpensive, non-surgical treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Chiropractic care is often a more effective option for relief of chronic back pain than medication.
The chiropractic approach to health care focuses on your overall health and wellness. Spinal health, which supports the health of your central nervous system, is important for the optimal performance of many of your body’s functions. Chiropractic adjustment supports your body’s natural healing abilities and helps your body to fight off disease and improve your ability to perform your work or sports activities.
Dr. Seals considers your whole lifestyle picture when evaluating your condition. Not only will he address the problem you’re presenting with, but he’ll address other health conditions which may be niggling in the background, and make suggestions that will likely improve your health there too. He recognizes that many factors affect the health of your spine and central nervous system – including physical activity, diet, rest, environment, stress, and heredity. He’ll recommend changes in lifestyle that can help chronic back pain, and which will in turn improve your overall health and wellness.
In some situations, Dr. Seals will refer patients to, or consult with, other health care providers.
What happens during a chiropractic treatment?
Your first visit will begin with a brief health history as well as information about your current condition and the problem you’re presenting. Dr. Seals considers your whole lifestyle picture when evaluating your condition so he may ask questions about your home or work life and physical activity, or the sequence of events that occurred in an accident.
Dr. Seals will conduct a physical, neurological, and/or orthopedic examination in order to confirm that your condition will respond successfully to chiropractic treatment. He’ll observe your posture, range of motion, and note any movement that causes pain. If the examination reveals severe symptoms that indicate a possible serious condition, such as a tumor or infection, he may recommend diagnostic imaging, such as x-ray, MRI, or CT scan in order to confirm or rule this out.
If your condition cannot be treated successfully with chiropractic, Dr. Seals will explain the situation to you. With nearly thirty years experience evaluating patient conditions, Dr. Seals is able to recognize risk factors as well as individual disease patterns and will not hesitate to make a referral to a medical doctor when it is in the best interest of your health.
During his evaluation, Dr. Seals will determine the best treatment for your condition. He’ll explain his observations so you understand what’s causing your condition and what you can do to prevent it happening again in the future. He may use chiropractic treatment only, or he may integrate active release technique to help with soft tissue injury.
When applying a chiropractic adjustment or spinal decompression, Dr. Seals will manipulate your spine or other joints, gently with his hands, in order to return them to normal function. He may also apply any heat treatment or cryotherapy, or apply vibratory massage therapy that may be needed at the time. Chiropractic adjustment is a skillfully controlled procedure that is adapted to meet your specific condition. During a chiropractic adjustment you may hear a slight popping sound as pressure within the joint adjusts, but you should feel no discomfort.
You can expect to feel a significant difference in just the first visit, and see the improvement you’re looking for within a few visits.
How soon can I expect to see results with chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is effective at getting patients back on their feet quickly. One of the main reasons people choose chiropractic adjustment for chronic back pain is that in most cases they experience a significant difference in just the first visit.
You will generally feel immediate relief following a chiropractic adjustment, but may occasionally experience mild soreness or aching, as you do after some forms of new physical activity, which usually fades within 24 hours. The number of chiropractic adjustments required will depend on the severity and length of time your condition has been a problem.
Dr. Seals will explain what is going on with your condition, what you can do to help resolve it, and when it would be best to work on the injured area again. Generally you’ll see the improvement you are looking for within two to six visits.
I’ve heard chiropractic referred to as ‘back cracking’. Are chiropractic treatments safe and do they hurt?
People who’ve had a chiropractic adjustment may have heard a slight ‘popping’ or ‘cracking’ sound during the spinal manipulation. This sound is just like the sound when you ‘crack’ your knuckles. It is not painful. It is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, resulting in gas bubbles being released, and making a slight cracking sound.
Chiropractic care is gentle, safe, and non-invasive. Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort and generally is not painful. If you present with moderate to severe pain you may experience some discomfort in the initial phase of treatment.
Most patients look forward to their treatments as many experience relief from chronic back pain and an increased range of motion immediately afterwards.
What does ‘spinal misalignment’ mean?
You have a bony protective system around your brain – your skull, and a bony protective system around your spinal cord – your spinal vertebrae. Each vertebra has spaces through which nerves pass to different parts of your body.
Ironically, your vertebrae which were designed to protect your nervous system, can sometimes interfere with your nerves, when the vertebrae become misaligned. Pressure on your root nerves can affect the millions of nerve fibers which branch from them, and can have a detrimental affect on the health of whichever part of your body they feed, and cause any number of health problems.
Chiropractic adjustment is designed to align the vertebrae, relieve this pressure from your nerves, and restore normal joint function.
What causes spinal vertebrae to misalign in the first place?
Spinal misalignment may be caused by sudden stress or stress that builds up over time.
- Sudden stress on your spine such as a motor vehicle accident, or slip and fall can cause spinal misalignment.
- Also, stress built up over time, such as improper posture when doing a repetitive task, can create soft tissue imbalance which can cause spinal misalignment.
There are many health conditions related to spinal misalignment. Some show up as acute or chronic back pain and others present as general conditions of diminished health due to a lower capacity to deal with disease.
Chiropractic adjustment is designed to prevent or reduce the wear and tear that your spine is exposed to every day, and support your body’s natural healing ability.
When would the chiropractor not do an adjustment?
Dr. Seals has nearly thirty years experience evaluating and treating patients and there have been a number of times that he has pre-diagnosed a serious medical condition such as heart failure, severe sinus infections, kidney stones or bladder infection, fractures, and cancer, that has been missed by medical practitioners.
It’s important that you be specific about your health concerns at the beginning of your chiropractic consultation with Dr. Seals. For example, sudden, severe upper neck pain or headache may indicate a pre-stroke condition. In cases where you present with a medical condition, outside of a chiropractic condition, Dr. Seals will refer you to an appropriate medical provider.
In a chronic back pain situation where there is risk of disc herniation or rupture, potential compression fracture or degenerative spinal conditions are present, then diagnostic imaging may be required before he can move forward and do a chiropractic adjustment.
Does chiropractic treatment require x-rays?
With almost thirty years experience, Dr. Seals has looked at thousands of x-rays and also evaluated many thousands of patients. This experience has demonstrated that x-rays are not generally mandatory for chiropractic care, unless he fells the need to confirm a diagnosis of a more serious condition.
Dr. Seals will first take a patient case history and conduct a physical and chiropractic examination. When a patient presents with severe symptoms, he may recommend diagnostic imaging, such as x-ray, MRI, or CT scan in order to rule out a more serious condition, such as a tumor, infection or ruptured disc.
Does insurance pay for chiropractic care?
Depending on the circumstances of the injury, chiropractic care may be covered under personal health insurance, auto accident insurance or workers compensation. Chiro Stop does not process insurance claims. However we do provide a super-bill (the appropriate paperwork) for you to make a claim to the appropriate insurance carrier.
Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from a medical doctor?
No. A patient does not have to be referred. Chiropractors are legislated as primary health care physicians in the United States. This means that patients can consult them directly. Please call Chiro Stop, 801-972-2332, to guarantee an appointment at a time that will work for you.