What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a drug-free, hands-on, highly skilled treatment that rapidly treats the source of your pain. Accidents, stress, overuse or poor posture can injure your spine and the other joints throughout your body. This causes pain in the surrounding muscles, joints, and nerves. Compressed nerves hurt and can’t send and receive signals to your brain, muscles and organs correctly. Properly aligning joints and the spine through chiropractic, and addressing muscle tension and imbalance, helps restore normal nerve transmission and relieve pain.
What is it like to go to a chiropractor?
Your chiropractor will discuss your areas of concern and assess your joints and spine for proper alignment. An adjustment may be done manually or through tools like drop-pieces, activators, ultrasound, laser, interferential current, active release therapy (ART), craniosacral therapy, acupuncture and other techniques. In any case, the adjustment is not painful and if done by a well trained, seasoned chiropractor, is perfectly safe.
Does this type of treatment hurt?
No, chiropractic treatment is not painful. Sometimes muscles need to adjust to their new, better-aligned position. This may mean an increased awareness of a particular muscle group or a bit of soreness in that region like you’ve just had a workout. But, the treatment itself is not painful.
Is treatment with a chiropractor dangerous?
No, not if the chiropractor is properly trained, experienced and follows appropriate procedures for performing an adjustment. If you have any concerns, voice them to Dr Darlene and she will help relieve them. For tips on choosing the best chiropractor, read this.
What conditions is chiropractic good for?
Chiropractic helps any condition of the musculoskeletal system (spine, joints, muscles). Neck pain, back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, bursitis, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, joint dislocations, tendonitis, sciatica, and migraine headaches are just some examples of the conditions that chiropractic can help with. There are many other problems that can benefit from chiropractic care. If you would like a more specific answer related to your condition, book a complimentary 15-minute consultation
How does chiropractic help?
Musculoskeletal pain is often the result of misalignment or poor function of joints, muscles or the spine. Chiropractic helps to restore normal function and range of motion.
How long does it take?
That depends on the problem that you have. Chiropractic care is tailored to the individual at Forces of Nature. If you would like a more specific answer related to your condition book a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Dr Darlene.
How many treatments do I need?
This also depends on the problem that you have. Rest assured that there are no hard sales tactics used at our office. We recommend only the visits that you need to get well and stay well. If you would like a more specific answer related to your condition book a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Dr Darlene.
Which is better for back pain, a chiropractor or a massage therapist?
Ideally, it is best to do both. A chiropractor can help realign the spine or joints to reduce the source of the pain. She can reduce the pressure on nerves that is causing pain through a spinal adjustment. Massage therapy relaxes muscles and reduces pain and inflammation at the site of an injury or where your spine is misaligned.
Is it painful to go to a chiropractor?
It is not painful to go to a chiropractor. In fact, for most people, a chiropractic adjustment gives them significant relief from their pain. Some adjustments may feel strange. Others may be associated with slight discomfort or pressure. But, a skilled chiropractor will know how to adjust you to provide the most relief with the least discomfort. One of the best things you can do to prevent discomfort from an adjustment is to relax. Tensed muscles make the adjustment more difficult. Sometimes there will be a bit of muscle soreness around the adjusted area as your spine or joints and muscles get accustomed to their new, proper alignment. This is quite normal and no worse than if you had done a workout that you’re not used to yet.
Can a chiropractor fix my neck?
That depends on what the problem is with your neck, but a chiropractor is a good professional to see for neck pain to assess the problem and provide solutions.
She can determine:
- if your neck is out of alignment with your spine
- whether the discs in your neck are properly lined up with each other
- whether there are pinched nerves in your neck
- if tight muscles in your neck and shoulders are contributing to pain
Then, she can provide solutions for all of these issues.
Can a chiropractor fix my back?
That depends on the source of the problem with your back. As with your neck, a chiropractor is the best professional to see about problems with your neck or back. She can assess your entire spine for issues that cause pain and provide treatment and advice to relieve your pain without medications.
Is it dangerous to have your neck cracked?
A good chiropractor will ensure that a neck adjustment is a safe procedure for you before performing it. Although it may sound a bit unnerving, the cracking sound is not harmful in the least. It is just the release of air from the joint (called cavitation). People often feel a sense of relief or a release when this happens. When it is done properly by a chiropractor it can trigger the nervous system to release endorphins and inhibit pain.
What is the experience like seeing a chiropractor?
At Forces of Nature, here’s what to expect when seeing our chiropractor, Dr Darlene Buan-Basit:
- A warm welcome. Our reception and Dr Darlene are warm and friendly and will greet you as you come up our stairs into our waiting area.
- A thorough assessment. Our chiropractor will listen carefully to your concerns and conduct an appropriate assessment of your musculoskeletal system (spine, joints, muscles etc).
- Safe, effective treatment with a variety of techniques, not just adjustments. Our chiropractor also incorporates physical therapies and acupuncture into her treatment plans. Dr Darlene uses physical modalities such as laser, ultrasound and IFC to help injuries or pain. In addition to adjustments/mobilizations, she also uses a range of myofascial techniques such as Active Release Therapy (ART), massage, nerve flossing, McKenzie and Mulligan techniques, and craniosacral therapy. Dr Darlene is a Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Provider and is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine.