Q. Do you sell Gift Certificates?
Answer: Healing Hands Chiropractic sells gift certificates that can be used for therapeutic massage, chiropractic adjustment as well as products and supplements. We can place your order easily over the phone with a credit card.
Call us today: 508-752-5150.
Q How Does Chiropractic Work?
Answer: Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of messages flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine, called a subluxation, can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind and body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.
Q. What is a Slipped Disc?
Answer: The disc is a soft pulpy “shock absorber”. It has a fibrous outer ring which holds in a jelly-like material. A “slipped disc” is a common way to refer to a wide variety of disc problems. However, a disc can’t slip because of the way it attaches to the spinal bones above and below it. A disc can bulge. It can tear. It can herniate. It can thin. It can dry out. And it can collapse. But it can’t slip.
Q. Do I Have a Pinched Nerve?
Answer: A pinched nerve is rare. It is more likely that an adjacent spinal bone irritates, stretches, rubs, or chafes a nerve. These subluxations distort the nerve messages sent between the brain and the body. This can produce unhealthy alterations to the organs and tissues connected by the affected nerves.
Q. How Do You Get Subluxations?
Answer: There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, auto accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxations. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution, and poor diet.
Q. How Do I Know If I Have a Subluxation?
Answer: You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination from a chiropractor can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.
Q. Can Subluxations Clear Up On Their Own?
Answer: Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don’t resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor!
Q. What’s An Adjustment?
Answer: Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that are not moving right. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.
Q. Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?
Answer: Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify if chiropractic care might be unsuitable. Compare the statistics. Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Q. What Makes The Sound During The Adjustment?
Answer: Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup.
Q. Are Patients Adjusted The Same Way?
Answer: No. Each patient’s spine and care plan is unique. There are 24 moving bones in the spine, each of which can move in seven different directions, we see a wide variety of spinal patterns. Each patient’s care is custom-tailored for his or her age, condition and health goals.
Q. Can I Adjust Myself?
Answer: No. Some people can make their joints “pop”, but that’s not an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master.
Q. How Many Adjustments Will I Need?
Answer: The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his or her individual health goals. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilizes. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months.
Q. Can Patients With Osteoporosis Get Chiropractic Care?
Answer: Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractic doctor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.
Q. How Long Until I’ll Feel Better?
Answer: Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctors’ recommendations.
Q. Why Don’t Medical Practitioners And Chiropractic Doctors Get Along?
Answer: That’s changing. Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the benefits of chiropractic care. Attitudes are slow to change. However, as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery, more and more medical practitioners are referring their patients to a chiropractic office.
Q. Will I Ever Be Normal Again?
Answer: Patient results vary. Many report improved spinal curves and the total resumption of their normal lifestyles. Those who neglected or delayed seeking care often see slower progress. After improvement, many patients discover that periodic chiropractic checkups can help avoid a relapse.