Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why Is Spinal Health Important?
Your spine supports the whole structure of your body. When the structure of your spine is out of balance, it will affect the function of your body. An example of this is when the pelvis is out of alignment and one leg is shorter, there is uneven pressure being put on the joints in the legs. This usually leads to pain in one of the joints, the most frequent being knee pain but also ankle, hip, sacroiliac joint pain, and lower back pain.
Additionally, your spine protects the spinal cord and spinal nerves, which come out between every bone in the spine. When the spinal vertebrae become stuck to one side and lose their proper motion and alignment, they put pressure on the nerves. This causes problems in the muscles, organs, and other tissues that those nerves supply. Chronic muscle tension that won’t go away is almost always related to the spine being out of alignment.
2. Why does my tight muscles come back after massage?
Pain that keeps coming back after massage is common because the muscles are attached to the spine, and because the spinal nerves when compressed can create chronic muscle tension. Once we relieve the tension from the spine, the muscles are often able to balance out.
3. Why do you not take routine x-rays?
We do not take routine x-rays because we are able to assess the functioning, movement, and alignment of the spine based on our digital posture analysis, spinal range of motion assessment, and spinal palpation examination. X-rays expose the body to radiation, and as we are an advocate for health we want to minimize such exposure to our patients.
4. How long will it take me to feel better?
Many people experience relief from symptoms after 4-6 visits, but for some people it takes more time. Your healing and recovery depends on a few different factors. The health of your body and spine before you came in for care, how much trauma you had, how much stress are you currently under, and if your current job continues to place stress on your spine will all affect the speed at which you feel better. We find that patients who stick to their care plan recommendations, do the suggested exercises at home, and lead an active lifestyle get the best results with their care. Also having a willingness to change your habits and beliefs about health.
5. Why are you adjusting an area where I don’t have pain?
All the parts of our body and spine work together. When one part of the spine is “stuck” or out of alignment, it will effect the other parts of the spine. In order to help the body heal most effectively, we don’t just treat pain and symptoms. Our goal is to align the body, spine, and mind so you can have vibrant health and balance from the inside out. Often when the spine and nervous system come into balance the pain and symptoms resolve.
6. Why do I need to keep coming after my pain goes away?
When the spine is out of alignment, it interferes with the body’s ability to function optimally and heal. When a patient comes in with pain, usually the spine has been out of alignment for many years and it can take time to release the years of tension from the spine and spinal cord. We have many types of nerves and the sensation of pain is just one type of nerve signal. Our assessment of the health of your spine is based on function and alignment, not on pain. Frequently to restore function it will take a few months of regular care, much like when people align their teeth they have to wear braces for many months or even years. The spine will tend to go back to it’s previous pattern of tension. In order to get full benefit and re-alignment, it important to come for regular care in the beginning. We will assess your progress through a re-evaluation regularly to give you the care that you need.
7. What are the benefits of Wellness Care?
We have a special program, called Wellness Care, for our patients who complete their initial care plan. Wellness care helps you maintain the changes over time because as humans we are always exposed to stresses in life that cause us to hold tension in our bodies. Wellness care alleviates these tensions from the spine and nervous system that build up from our daily activities. A spine that is healthy helps the body stay healthier longer, boosts the immune system, improves function, coordination, energy levels, performance, mood, and the list goes on……