Chiropractic FAQs

Nashville ChiropractorQ: What is Chiropractic?

A: Chiropractic is the third most common health care system in the United States, next to Medicine and Dentistry. As defined by the American Chiropractic Association, Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as Chiropractors or Chiropractic Physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Q: What’s wrong? Can you fix it? How long will it take? How much will it cost me?

A: My goal is to provide you with the best Chiropractic care, and to help educate you on your condition so that you can make the best decisions possible. Since everyone’s body is different, how quickly your body responds to care will vary dependent upon lifestyle, personal history, and many other physical factors.

Q: Will Chiropractic treatment hurt?

A: Some people who have never had Chiropractic care before may feel slightly sore after their first treatment. This is completely normal. Chiropractic adjustments gently move the bones of your spine. The soreness is a result of the sudden stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments undergo during an adjustment. However, as chiropractic care continues, the soreness soon alleviates and the adjustments feel great.

Q: How does Chiropractic address the root of the problem?

The nervous system serves as the body’s wiring. If this wiring is inhibited, the signal does not reach the intended body part, and illness may result. Such interferences can manifest anywhere along your spine. Pain in your arm or hand may actually be caused by a problem in your neck, where the nerves connecting to that hand originate. A qualified Chiropractor can examine the spine for interference and remove it through controlled techniques.

Q: How does Chiropractic compare to other medical care?

According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, chiropractic care focuses on the relationship of structure and function (as coordinated by the nervous system), and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of your health. Qualified chiropractors are professional medical practitioners, delivering long-term care at a fraction of the cost of drug treatments and surgery.