If I start going to a chiropractor, will I have to go forever?

No. Although we recommend lifetime chiropractic care for everyone, at NMS Chiropractic Clinic, we believe that your body and your health should be completely under your control.

We will make recommendations based on what we believe will help you accomplish your health goals most effectively, but you have the final say in what happens to your body and what services you pay for. We only ask that there is no complaining if your goals are not reached when our recommendations are not followed, and we promise that you will not have to hear “I told you so.”

Why can’t I get adjusted on the first visit?

At NMS Chiropractic Clinic, we put great value on responsibility. We are responsible for conducting a thorough examination, accurate diagnoses, forming effective treatment plans and delivering effective treatment.

In order to uphold this responsibility, we believe that proper time should be taken to review the examination findings and interpret them to the best of our abilities. This way, we can look at your case from different angles and cover all the bases in forming your personal treatment plan so that you can meet your health goals quickly.

It’s also about trust and building relationships. You wouldn’t agree to marry someone after meeting them for the first time, would you? You also probably wouldn’t buy a car that you have only seen online without a test drive. That’s because there is no connection and a lack of trust in that person or car. In a similar way, we want to build a relationship and connection with our patients so they know they can trust our motives and recommendations. That’s how a team works, trust and confidence.

Does getting adjusted hurt?

Getting chiropractic adjustments is typically an enjoyable and stress-relieving experience. However, in some more severe conditions, adjustments can be uncomfortable momentarily, but this is almost always followed by relief.

People respond to adjustments differently and some people may experience some soreness after treatment. Low force techniques can also be used to avoid pain for people who find traditional adjusting too uncomfortable.

Why do I have to come in so often?

In many cases, ailments and injuries that we have are not one-time events, but are the result of compiling small injuries, tweaks and imbalances in areas of our body until the proverbial last straw leads to a significant injury. This is especially true of muscle and joint problems, even things such as herniated discs, pulled muscles and some fractures. These problems have been building for months or even years, and it is unlikely that one or two treatments will magically fix everything.

Because we are working with something as brilliantly constructed and finely tunable as the human body with all of its intricate parts, treatments need to be precise and work with the body. Our bodies, like many of us, do not like change, even if it is changing from something bad to something great. Change always takes time. In regard to our bodies, this is due in large part to the workings of our amazing nervous system. Do not hesitate to ask Dr. Pond for more information about this connection.

Is it safe to get my neck adjusted?

Absolutely! Chiropractic treatments have been shown to be as safe, if not safer, than commonly accepted therapies.

But what about getting a stroke? This is a common misconception attributed to chiropractic adjustments of the neck. More and more research has been done since these early accusations, and the results bring great news. The likelihood of getting a stroke from an adjustment by a trained chiropractor is 1 in 5.85 million. That means you are more likely to be struck by lightning twice, win the Powerball lottery, or have major complications from long-term pain reliever or birth control use than getting a stroke from an adjustment!

The current research suggests that the reason for this misconception is that almost all of these reports of chiropractors causing strokes are actually strokes already in progress. Common symptoms of a stroke are a terrible headache and dizziness. Since many people seek treatment from chiropractors for these same symptoms, they go to the chiropractor and the doctor does not do his/her due diligence and miss the fact that the patient is having a stroke and adjust them. The chiropractor did not cause the stroke, but did miss that a stroke was occurring. This is another reason we do not rush in to adjust patients on the first visit (See “Why can’t I get adjusted on the first visit?”).

Inform your chiropractor of any blood and vascular problems or family history that could predispose you to a stroke.

Isn’t chiropractic care expensive?

Chiropractic treatment can seem expensive because of the upfront cash costs. In reality, however, the actual charges are more affordable than most medical treatments, but the flawed system of insurance and managed health care confuse this point.

In fact, a scientific study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy in 2007 found that over a 7-year period, patients whose primary care physician was a chiropractor experienced 60% less hospital admissions, 59% less days in the hospital, 62% less outpatient surgeries, and 85% less in pharmaceutical (medicine) costs! Now that’s saving you some money! Not to mention the healthy benefits associated with chiropractic without all of the scary side-effects associated with medical drugs. Your body will thank you.

My pain is gone, so am I done with treatment?

Not exactly. Pain is very deceptive. Just like many other complaints, pain is a symptom. When there is dysfunction in an area of your body and it’s not working quite right, pain is one of the last symptoms to show up. Pain is also one of the first symptoms to go away in the healing process. When you have pain, it means that the dysfunction has become so bad that your body is telling you to do something about it.

A better tool to track your progress of healing is function. When your body is functioning properly, that’s when treatment is coming to a close. Yet, just like a car, maintaining the health you have gained is vital in avoiding future injuries and we will recommend a maintenance adjusting plan, which varies from person to person.

Why do I need a chiropractor if I can pop my own back and neck?

When we inspect your back and neck, we are looking for how each section is functioning. Too little movement and too much movement are both dysfunctional. As a general rule, we want to adjust the segments that move too little and stabilize the ones that move too much. If you make your back or neck pop on your own, or with the help of a friend who is not a chiropractor, the segments making the popping sound are likely the segments that are already moving too much. This explains why the good feeling only lasts a few minutes and can possibly make the situation worse.

How old do I have to be to get adjusted? Can you adjust children?

Chiropractic treatment is safe and effective for all ages, even babies and the elderly. Adjustments have been shown to be very effective for children with colic, restlessness, and recovery from the trauma of childbirth. Adjustments for children and babies use significantly less force than is used when treating older patients.

Elderly patients can also find relief from chiropractic adjustments, especially with ailments such as arthritis. Even patients with osteoporosis can be adjusted safely and effectively with very specific and careful adjustments or using a low force technique. Always inform your chiropractor if you have, or may have, osteoporosis.

I’m pregnant, is it safe for me to get adjusted?

Not only is it safe for you to get adjusted, it can be greatly beneficial! When you are pregnant, a certain hormone causes the ligaments that hold your pelvis together to become lax in order to allow more room for the growing fetus. Unfortunately, this can lead to misalignments of the pelvis leading to dysfunction and pain. Some tables are designed to accommodate adjusting pregnant women. Low force techniques can also be used.

In some cases, regular chiropractic care during pregnancy corresponds with shorter labor times and less complications during delivery.